Based on the stories by Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games is set to be the next big phenomenon. The first move in the series, Hunger Games, is due t hit UK cinemas 23rd March 2012. Directed by Gary Ross the film has an almighty cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harreslon, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields and Donal Sutherland. In short, this is one of the most anticipated films of next year. Here is the synopsis:
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 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.
Already knowing they are on to a winner, Lionsgate announced today that the second part of the trilogy of books, called Catching Fire has a planned release date of November 22nd 2013. There is no news as yet on who will direct or cast members, but be sure to check back here for regular updates.
By Matt Wavish