The Los Angeles times has an article about how the Hunger Games movies could transform Lionsgate studio. Pictured to the right, Joe Drake, president of Lions Gate’s motion picture group.
The franchise could transform the studio, much as ‘Twilight’ did rival Summit Entertainment, by providing reliable income for years from box-office, DVD and digital sales as well as licensing and merchandise.
In ”The Hunger Games,” 24 teenagers fight to the death in a tournament whose slogan is “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Executives at Lions Gate Entertainment are hoping those words will ring true for them as they gamble on the most anticipated literary adaptation to hit Hollywood since”Twilight” and “Harry Potter.” The first of four planned “Hunger Games” films, based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, wrapped production in North Carolina on Saturday and will hit theaters March 23.
A successful “Hunger Games” franchise could transform the studio, much as “Twilight” did rival Summit Entertainment, by providing reliable income for years from box-office, DVD and digital sales as well as television licensing andmerchandise.
But launching such a movie series won’t come cheap. With a budget of nearly $100 million, the first film alone is the costliest production ever for Santa Monica-based Lions Gate, which is best known for low-budget genre fare such as “Saw” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea” films along with the occasional prestige movie like “Precious.” The studio’s movie business is in need of a jump-start, having weathered a number of flops since last year.
With so much at stake, “Hunger Games” will likely be the hottest topic of conversation as investors gather for Lions Gate’s annual meeting Tuesday in Toronto.
“There are three things on Lions Gate investors’ minds for the next year: ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Hunger Games,’” said analyst James Marsh of Piper Jaffray, who predicted the four movies would generate more than $475 million in profits over six years.
“‘Hunger Games’ is not a make-or-break opportunity for the company, and yet it’s a really important one that we cannot screw up,” said Joe Drake, president of Lions Gate’s motion picture group.
Read the rest at LA Times.
No, you don’t want to screw it up Mr. Drake. Listen to the fans and stay true to the book.
What are your thoughts?
Lionsgate ‘Hunger Games’ Viral Campaign, The Capitol.PN, is now live! The webpage shows the Capitol’s seal plus Capitol Announcements and Distric Processing Queue.
You can register using your Twitter or Facebook account to see what District you are in. It’s pretty cool! Go check it out! Follow The Capitol.PN on Twitter HERE!
I’m in District 6! Transportation! Woot!
Thanks Finnick Odair!
“The Hunger Games” won’t compete for attention in Hall H at Comic-Con International.
The Lionsgate adaptation of the Suzanne Collins bestseller joins a surprisingly long listof Hollywood sci-fi, superhero and fantasy projects that won’t be making presentations this year in Hall H, the annual showcase where stars and filmmakers woo thousands of fans with early footage and insider scoop.
Lionsgate executives say the film’s intense shooting schedule in North Carolina and cast calendar conflicts made it impossible to put together a worthy all-star panel for the movie that arrives in theaters in March and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
Some observers have viewed this year’s notable absentees as a sign that Hall H is losing some luster but others in Hollywood say in some ways the opposite is true — the spotlight is so intense that studios and filmmakers would rather take a pass if they don’t have enough polished footage to win over the 6,000 fans and worldwide press who watch the parade of projects like beauty pageant contestants.
For Lionsgate, the approach to Comic-Con this year is to use press interviews, off-site events, fan contests and cast appearances to promote a slate of films, among them “Conan the Barbarian,” “Abduction” and “Warrior.” For “Hunger Games,” meanwhile, the San Diego pop culture gathering will be viewed as primarily as a way to promote traffic for the film’sFacebook page and contests.
Throw another big film in the pile of high-profile franchises that won’t be making a major splash Comic-Con this year: Lionsgate has confirmed to EW that next year’s highly-anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games will not be holding a big Hall H presentation. (The Los Angeles Times first reported the story.) Gameshad seemed like a shoo-in for a big Comic-Con appearance: Based on a beloved book series, starring a cast of all-stars (like Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland) and up-and-comers (like Jennifer Lawrence as the central heroine Katniss Everdeen), with extremely geek-friendly subject matter. But the film’s intense North Carolina shooting schedule simply made a legitimate presentation impossible. The studio is, however, planning a major presence on the Comic-Con show floor, including exclusive Hunger Games giveaways and a contest for a fan to visit the set.
I was really hoping there would be a Hunger Games panel at Comic-Con. Bummer. :(
According to the NY Times, Lionsgate will be back at Comic-Con this year in San Diego. Hopefully it’s for The Hunger Games!
Among smaller studios, Lionsgate, which won strong results last year for “The Expendables,” will be back; and Summit Entertainment will stage a panel for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1.”
Please let there be a Hunger Games panel at Comic-Con!
Comic-Con is held in San Diego, CA July 21 – 24, and it’s completely SOLD OUT! For information about Comic-Con, go here!
Who’s going to Comic-Con this year? Take me with you!!!
UPDATE: The Hunger Games Examiner has obtained an exclusive quote from Lionsgate in reference to the Comic-Con rumor -
“Our Comic Con plans aren’t locked yet,” Lionsgate tells The Hunger Games Examiner. “But we will be sure to keep everyone posted.”
What is it: An adaptation of the hit, young adult fiction novels, The Hunger Games stands to become the next big cross-generation, cross-demographic hit. People love the series the same way they do Potter and they’ve got a wealth of talent involved. Under the direction of Gary Ross, Hunger Games features Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley in a post-apocalyptic world where the government forces children to fight to the death. Think Battle Roayle meets The Road.
What to Expect at Comic-Con: Entertainment Weekly premiered the first photo of Lawrence as the lead character Katniss — and production on the movie hasn’t even begun. But cameras are set to start rolling shortly, meaning Ross may have a little footage to show off to the rabid fanbase at this year’s SDCC. The question has always been about Lawrence pulling off a character near and dear to many fans hearts, so producers may aim to quell that fear at the convention. Besides, we’ll need something to combat the Twilight hoarde.
What We’d Love to See: An interruption from the day’s activities where fans on the floor are chosen for “the games” — but then actually have to fight each other for our amusement.
Ha! Okay, I don’t want to see fans actually fighting, but it would be cool if there was some HG trivia, archery or cake decorating!! Lol!
I really wish I could go to Comic-Con this year! Who is going to Comic-Con? For info about Comic-Con, go here!
[source: UGO via TheHob/MyHungerGames]
Lionsgate executives told Wall Street analysts this morning to expect big things from The Hunger Games, a series of four action films that the studio will release from the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. COO Joe Drake said it was “the highest selling film we’ve ever had” at the Cannes Film Festival and that overseas exhibitors consider it “the movie that can change their company.” Although Lionsgate wouldn’t disclose its budget for the films, Drake says Hunger Games could become an “outsized success” for Lionsgate. The studio says it bought the rights before the books became runaway best-sellers, and it has “retained the majority of the upside” in its talent and distribution deals.
Four action films? I wouldn’t have thought four, but that’s fine with me!! I just don’t want to wait long in between the films. I’m too impatient. :D
Expect huge success from The Hunger Games, Lionsgate!
Your thoughts? Where do you think each movie will start and end?
Update from LMCullen: I’ve heard talks of a prequel .. what are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section!
HollywoodLife.com has reported that they have obtained exclusive information straight from the script of the Hunger Games movie, that a certain character did not make it from the novel to the movie script — Madge Undersee, who is the daughter of the mayor of District 12 and gave Katniss her Mockingjay pin.
HungerGamesTrilogy.net reached out to Lionsgate requesting clarification in regards to the rumor -
We sent an email to Lionsgate for a comment on the rumor and they responded, “Thank you for sending this article our way. We aren’t commenting on the script.”
It is in the best interest of Lionsgate to not comment on the release of any information in regards to the Hunger Games script. If they deny it, people won’t believe them. If they confirm it, then fans will be going crazy on the internet trying to find the script, and it really ruins the element of surprise for a movie.
In saying that — what do you think about this? If true, what are your feelings in regards to Madge possibly not being in the Hunger Games movie? Let us know in the comments section!
We previously reported that Willow Shields has been cast as Primrose Everdeen. Now we have received confirmation straight from Lionsgate on the casting, along with the press release Lionsgate also provided a quote direct from Hunger Games director Gary Ross on the casting news -
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 20, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that newcomer Willow Shields has been cast in the role of Primrose Everdeen, little sister to heroine Katniss, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel.
Shields joins talented young actors Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson, in the role of Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth in the role of Gale Hawthorne.
Said director Gary Ross of the casting decision, “Its so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met. Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her.”
Loving all of this casting news! Keep it coming!
So .. what do you think of Willow as Prim? Let us know in the comments section!
Hunger Games News: Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, and Nina Jacobson Comment On The Casting Of Peeta & Gale!
Lionsgate has just emailed us exclusive comments by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, director Gary Ross, and producer Nina Jacobson, in regards to the recent casting of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale -
“When I read the book, I thought Peeta would be the hardest role to cast, and I feel so lucky that we found someone who embodies every aspect of such a complex character. I can’t wait to work with Josh.”
- The Hunger Games director Gary Ross
“I was fortunate enough to be in the room with Gary Ross when Josh came in to audition. Three lines into the read I knew he’d be fantastic. Josh totally captured Peeta’s temperament, his sense of humor and his facility for language. I’m thrilled to have him aboard.”
- The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins
“Gale is a young man who uses words very sparingly, so the onus was on the actor we cast to capture him by showing, not telling. This was accomplished so beautifully in Suzanne’s writing, and Liam was able to translate it so naturally to the screen. At the same time, Gale’s journey across the three books transforms him, and Liam’s performance left no doubt that he would take us there. ”
-The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson
I know that some people are extremely happy with their choices, and some are on the fence. And then there are those who are upset. There is no way that they could please everyone, and no matter who they choose there would be some part of the fan base that would be upset.
We have full faith that the right choices were made, and trust the decisions of Suzanne, Gary, and Nina wholeheartedly.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section!
Hunger Games Casting News: Lionsgate Confirms That The Roles Of Peeta & Gale Have Been Officially Cast!
We have received confirmation straight from Lionsgate that the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorn have been cast, going to Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth -
THE HUNGER GAMES SNARES ITS PEETA AND GALE
Pivotal Roles In The Lionsgate® Film Based On Suzanne Collins’ Runaway Bestselling Novel Go To Talented Young Actors Josh Hutcherson And Liam Hemsworth
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 4, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that actor Josh Hutcherson (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth (THE LAST SONG) joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel. Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who it was recently announced will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.
About The Characters
Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.
Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister’s stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they’ll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.
Read more after the break!!