Word emerged today that Gary Ross won’t be returning to direct Catching Fire, the adaption of the second book.
UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood says, not so fast. UPDATE: Yup, he’s out.
The internet is eager to speculate on who should fill his shoes, and one name that’s been popping up a lot in my feeds is Kathryn Bigelow, who won the directing Oscar a few years back for The Hurt Locker. She’s no stranger to action (Point Break) or sci-fi (Strange Days) so she might be good fit. The Washington Post’s Jen Chaney has a few other suggestions, including Debra Granik, who directed Jennifer Lawrence in the film that nabbed her an Oscar nomination, Winter’s Bone.
In happier news, one potential conflict to the film has been cleared up. The sequel to X-Men: First Class will begin filming in January, freeing up Lawrence to shoot Catching Fire in the fall as scheduled – assuming a director is on board by then!
The Hunger Games is more than living up to box office speculation: With $155 million, now the third-highest domestic debt of all time, and the first that’s not a sequel. (It came in behind only The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.)
The film is, not surprisingly, drawing in more men than Twilight, with women compromising 61% of the opening weekend crowd. (The audience of the last Twilight film was 80% female.) It’s also doing well across the country – a Utah theater had the weekend’s highest gross.
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The adapation that it seems like everyone has been waiting for is finally in theaters today. It’s been tracking to make obscene amounts of money at the box office, and the reviews are quite positive. Will this finally be the female-lead franchise that doesn’t depend on romance for all its thrills? Here’s hoping.
Some Jaders saw it last night and here’s what they had to say:
Janine went in costume as Katniss – check out the great Hunger Games photo-shoot she did with her family!
I watched Good Morning America to see this ASAP and it was awful. Luckily, the trailer was worth it.
Good news, Hunger Games fans – while the trailer may indeed be attached to Breaking Dawn, it’s due to be old news by the time the latest Twilight movie opens on the 18th. The trailer will debut on ABC’s Good Morning America this coming Monday, November 14, in the 8 a.m. hour. Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) will brave the perky morning-show herds to introduce the video.
A Hunger Games fansite came across a flyer instructing projectionists to attach the Hunger Games trailer to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. While it makes perfect business sense to market Hunger Games to the Twilight audience, I’ve never been so thankful for the internet.
In other news, there’s a new photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen that, from her outfit, I’d guess dates from early in the film.
The first teaser from The Hunger Games adaption debuted at the VMAs last night.
Sensing the gap coming up after Harry Potter and Twilight, Entertainment Weekly is now starting its push to be the central place for all things Hunger Games with initial stills from the film and several upcoming covers – including our first look at Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as Gale and Peeta.
I’m okay with that.
In the meantime, go pick up those books. They are most awesome.
The cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss – our first look at the character in the adaption.
There’ll be more (including additional photos) in the actual issue, which will be on the stands come Friday. In the meantime, they’re throwing us a few more crumbs:
In a free-wheeling interview, Lawrence describes her first encounter with Ross last winter, during the height of Oscar season. “He was asking me what the experience was like,” she recalls, “and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”
Reaction seems to be fairly positive, at least as far as I’ve seen. What do you think of Lawrence as Kartniss, now that we have an actual visual?