CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND OF THE HUNGER GAMES:
The Hunger Games is an adaptation from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The book was first published in 2008 and development started quickly in 2009 when Lions
Gate Entered into a co-production agreement with Color Force
Collins collaborated with director Gary Ross and screenplay writer Billy Ray.
The financial backing to create the film was an obviously difficult process, Nina
Jacobson’s production company Color Force, had acquired worldwide distribution rights
to the novel.
Lions Gate studios took charge of overseeing the production and sold asests to secure a
budget of $88,000,000 which was their biggest yet.
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Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
(2012) (USA) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
Audio Visual Entertainment (2012)
(Greece) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
ABC Family (2014) (USA) (TV)
Lionsgate (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
Lionsgate (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
Alliance Films (2012) (Canada)
Warner Bros. (2012) (Spain)
• The distribution companies would have known what the audience is
for, for the Hunger Games because the film was first a book and it
already had a known target audience.
Other Films that Gary Ross has
directed in the past have been The
Tale of Desperaux (2008),
Seabiscut (2003), Pleasantville
(1998) and Trial and Error (1997).
From these other films containing a
variety of genres it shows that Ross
doesn’t choose films by genre and
is not an expertise in any particular
genre. The Director gets input from
his twins into which films he should
direct. When the Collins’ trilogy was
released his twins were immersed
in the in the gritty, post-apocalyptic
world created by Collins.
THE STARS OF THE HUNGER GAMES:
Katniss Everdeen– Jenifer Lawrence
Peeta Mellark – Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne – Liam Hemsworth
Haymitch Abernathy - Woody Harrelson
Effie Trinket – Elizabeth Banks
Cinna – Lenny Kravitz
After winning an Academy Award
Jennifer Lawrence would have been in
a high hype after Winters Bone.
Not only was Ross interested in having
a mature actress fill the role he was
also stunned by Jennifer's auditions.
The Starving Games is an American
parody spin-off of the Hunger Games.
The film had many bad reviews from
many internet publishers.
The film was released on the 24 th of March 2012. This may have been chosen because it
hit the middle of spring break in America. The Hunger Games earned $408,010,692 in
North America, and $283,237,076 in other countries, for a worldwide total of
$691,247,768. The film earned $283,237,076 in other countries, for a worldwide total of
films classification in the Uk was a 12A and this was so they could get a wider
audience considering that the target audience was going to be young adults from 12-18.
REVIEW FROM THE EMPIRE
Probably the greatest achievement of The Hunger Games, and there are many, is that in
adapting a phenomenally successful teen novel its creative team have produced
something that works as a film, not just as an adaptation of a book. There’s no required
reading before entering the cinema in order to ‘get it’, and it’s well above the ‘all your
favourite bits but with pictures’ business that has become the accepted standard. When a
series has sold millions of copies, as Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has, the default position is
to produce something that will look just as readers imagined, to show what we were all
thinking, rather than offer something nobody had considered. The Hunger Games as a
novel has been dissected, expanded and retooled into something intelligent, immersive
and powerfully current.
There are reviews over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. This can be interpreted that The
Hunger Games hit their target audience well. Since they were going for young adults and
this generation is seen as the computer or Technology generation, seeing reviews over
many different social media sights isn’t surprising.