Wrapping and Adapting 'The Hunger Games'

“written originally by Anthony Fertino”



If you happen to be a Hunger Games fan, you probably already know that principal photography on the film was officially announced as wrapped today.



It is really quite a triumph for us fans, considering that the exponentially accumulating masses of fans for the source material has become so extensive, even the studios realized anticipation for release has brought devoted attention to the slowly turning wheels of the film adaptation’s process.

Now, we all know that the best Hunger Games film will always be in our own minds. However, these days, the best we can hope for with film adaptations of successful novels is minimized destruction of substance in compensation for marketability. In this case, I’d like to take a look at the crew behind The Hunger Games film, rather than the cast, which has had the primary attention since the idea of a film had even been established.

Unfortunately, yes, the less-than-ideal composer Danny Elfman has been hired to score the film. He managed a fairly respectable theme for Spiderman, but ultimately is a hit-and-miss composer with remarkably little range. The best thing about The Hunger Games is its co-writer—the author of the novel.

Naturally, this is an advantage few literature-to-film adaptations have. Prime examples of how this improves a film include Jurassic Park, Interview with a Vampire, and of course, the film of films: The Godfather.
Other advantages in the crew department consists of the production company Lionsgate, which happens to be in favor of grittier films, while many of the producers (with the exception of Louise Rosner, who has produced primarily comedies) have handled movies of principally dramatic form.

Why is this a good thing, and why do producers matter? Because producers assemble the crew itself, including the director. In fact, the Producer can fire the director. So, the producers need to be as familiar with the source material and completely knowledgeable with who is right for a film to be successful and executed properly. Would you prefer the producers of Transformers to buy the subsidiary rights of The Hunger Games? Probably not, because the producers are familiar with assembling an Action-oriented crew.

Lastly, the director happens to be good friends with Steven Soderbergh, an accomplished director (despite his latest release Contagion) and respected among the industry—so perhaps Gary Ross learned a thing or two. Although, Pleasentville wasn’t altogether unpleasant. Drama is clearly within Ross’ grasp. What we need to hope for, is that Ross can capture the thrill of the source material as well as the other elements.

The title is after all the Hunger Games, which suggests by nature a story of adversity and starvation of control…and perseverance.