In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
The Hunger Games enjoyed a third weekend on top of the US box office, with a healthy haul of $33.5 million ensuring it held off competition from American Reunion and the re-released Titanic 3D.
That saw Gary Ross's film break the $300 million mark in the domestic market, with worldwide takings now past $400 million. Not a bad result by anyone's standards...
American Reunion tapped into the nostalgia market, taking $21.5 million on its opening weekend, while Titanic 3D was a similar throwback success with $17.3 million in third.
Wrath Of The Titans put on $15 million in fourth place, with Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror continuing to underwhelm in fifth. An $11 million weekend for the fairy tale flick will be some way short of what Relativity had hoped for...
21 Jump Street sat in sixth place on $10.2 million, with The Lorax taking around half that in seventh. The final three places saw a fairly serious drop-off, with Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, John Carter and Safe House all bringing in less than a million apiece.
Next week sees The Hunger Games challenged by The Cabin In The Woods, Lockout and (ahem) The Three Stooges. Will the odds remain in its favour? We'd imagine they probably will...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Danny Elfman mentioned in a recent interview that he will be scoring The Hunger Games and Oz: The Great And Powerful.
Buzzine managed to sit down with the prolific composer for an interview at an event to celebrate his 25-year career in collaboration with Tim Burton.
It seems that Elfman is in talks to score Suzanne Collins adaptation The Hunger Games, as well as possibly teaming up once again with Sam Raimi to score the upcoming prequel Oz: The Great And Powerful.
It comes as a surprise to some that he is reuniting with Raimi after comments the former made in interviews post Spider-Man 2.
Nevertheless, at the Q&A with Buzzine, it seemed that Elfman was fully on board for composing for Raimi again.
In the interview, Elfman goes on to explain what this year has in store for him, and why it's the busiest he has ever been:
"I have five films booked, which is the most I've ever had in the future, which is weird. I've never been able to see more than two or three ahead, and I don't like, actually, having my future all booked up."
"It's a two-Tim Burton year, and a Sam Raimi, so there's three. I'm not going to say no to Tim and Sam -- that's already three movies."
"And then Men in Black, well of course I don't want somebody else to do number 3, so there was another one."
"And then another one called The Hunger Games popped up, which seemed like really interesting thing."
Those Tim Burton films, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, are both due out in 2012, as is Men In Black 3, which is currently being filmed.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Woody Harrelson has officially been confirmed as Haymitch Abernathy in Gary Ross' adaptation of The Hunger Games.
Written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is the first in a best-selling young adult trilogy.
Set in an alternate post-apocalyptic world, one boy and one girl are picked at random from different districts across the country and forced to take part in a brutal battle to the death live on television to ensure the safety of loved ones back home.
There is only one winner.
Winter's Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence won the central role of Everdeen Katniss who volunteers herself to the games in place of her sister, while The Lovely Bones actor Stanley Tucci has been cast as the host of the games.
Most recently seen in Zombieland, Harrelson will play a drunk who once won the games years before, and is entrusted with training Katniss before the event.
Casting is not quite complete (there's still a couple of roles that need filling), but a slated release date of 23 March 2012 is in place.Source: www.totalfilm.com
John C. Reilly is in talks to play Haymitch Abernathy in Gary Ross' upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games.
The film, adapted from Suzanne Collins' novel, has been grabbing tons of attention lately, largely because Jennifer Lawrence bagged the lead as her first post-Oscar nomination role.
The fact it's being mooted as a 'new Twilight' isn't hurting its column inches either.
Should Reilly sign on, he'd be playing a mentor to Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen.
Haymitch Abernathy is the only living person to have survived brutal TV spectacle The Hunger Games, so he's there to give her some pointers. The only problem is, he's now a washed-up alcoholic.
Reilly always manages to shine, whether he's appearing in broad comedies (Step Brothers) or edgier dramatic material (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), so he sounds like a good fit.
He'll be joining Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth if he signs on.
Vulture point out that Reilly was also in talks to join Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, before opting for The Hunger Games, which has got to be a good sign, right?
Reilly will next be seen in comedy Cedar Rapids, and Cannes-contender We Need to Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsey.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games has added another key cast member in the form of Elizabeth Banks.
She'll play Effie Trinket, and she'll be escorting Katniss and Peeta (already-cast Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) to the central city, Capitol, where the titular life-or-death games take place.
Banks is always a charming presence on screen, and it looks like she'll get to show off her ditzy naivety here as a 'flighty bureaucrat'.
Lionsgate has high hopes for the project, which has franchise-potential (the novel is the first in the trilogy) and is often optimistically dubbed 'the new Twilight'.
Banks joins Lawrence, Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the flick, and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that relative unknowns Dayo Okeinyi and Amadla Stenberg have bagged the roles of Thresh and Rue.
The Hunger Games was the first movie Lawrence signed up for post-Oscar nomination, which is enough of a reason to be quietly confident about it, but it's a shame that the Twilight comparisons continue to be dredged up.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Jennifer Lawrence will be offered the lead role in Gary Ross' adaptation of The Hunger Games, according to a report by Variety.
Last week, news landed that virtually every young actress in Hollywood was being considered to play Katniss Everdeen, including Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
Apparently, Ross and execs at Lionsgate are keen to cast the role a little older, and Lawrence fits the bill at 20 (compared to 14-year-olds Steinfeld and Breslin). Apparently the decision was influenced by the need to cast the love interest.
The film is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins, who has adapted the script with Billy Ray. It tells the story of a young girl who competes in a televised survival competition in a dystopian future.
Lawrence received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Winter's Bone, and she'll next be seen in this summer's X-Men: First Class. She has also been considering starring in Oliver Stone's Savages, although according to Variety she hasn't officially signed on yet.
The Hunger Games is the first novel in a trilogy, so no doubt everyone involved is eyeing the franchise potential.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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