The Hunger Games – “The World Will Be Watching”. Literally.
The upcoming film, based off the acclaimed novels by Suzanne Collins, is being heavily marketed by Lionsgate. Everyday, it seems a new trailer or clip is released. The studio is clearly doing a fine job of making The Hunger Games a household name. Hell, I’ve had a bunch of non-nerdy friends and co-workers, who are not familiar with the source material, come out of the wood work and say “Well now… what’s up with this Hunger Games business, it looks good”. Suffice to say, the movie is coming and interest is picking up.
Now, will the movie satisfy fans of series and appease the general viewing public? Early buzz indicates the answer is yes.
Just over a week ago, Lionsgate held an early press-invited screening for The Hunger Games in LA. Attendees were restricted from saying a peep by NDA and embargo, but today some of those verbal shackles have been lifted. This means that the people who’ve seen the film so far are allowed to vaguely mention it on Twitter, but they can’t yet post full reviews.
Our friends from slashfilm got a roundup of twitter reactions from people who’ve started talking about the film:
Oh snap! I honestly wasn’t expecting The Hunger Games to capture such positive attention. I’ve read the books and thought they were so so (I was far too distracted with comparing it to Battle Royale to give it my full attention) . The marketing of this film has made me feel this would be this summer’s Twilight. However, after seeing such good feedback, I’m now slightly more interested than I was before. Then again, I still remember all the early buzz for The Green Lantern. We all know how that turned out.
The Hunger Games opens on March 22.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.