Jacobson was early to The Hunger Games, too. When she first read it only about 150,000 copies of the book had been sold. “By the time I put it down I had become obsessed with the book and with the idea that I had to produce the movie,” says Jacobson. So she made a plea to author Suzanne Collins to give her the rights to the books. No studios were competing to buy the rights, but Jacobson won out over several other producers. “She felt extraordinarily passionate about the material,” says Collins. “She had the same fears that I did about the ways it could be misused.”
Some studios passed mostly because of the riskiness of a movie that involved so much violence by and against children. But smallish Lionsgate jumped, paying less than $1 million. It will spend an estimated $60 million to produce the first film. Jacobson brought on Jon Kilik, the producer of movies like Babel and Inside Man to help her produce the films. She will get a slice of box office receipts and was just as happy not to be at a huge studio.
“I hope this will give rise to more opportunities,” says Jacobson. “I want the next J.K. Rowling to say, ‘I want Color Force because they’ll do right by me.’”
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