Suzanne Collins Has Seen The Hunger Games And Loves It
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:21 pm, March 1st, 2012
Yesterday we saw a slew of new stills from The Hunger Games. Today, we find out author Suzanne Collins has seen the finished product and found it…awesome!
The author jumped on The Hunger Games Facebook after she viewed the full, final cut of the upcoming film version of her books. “I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story,” she wrote.
I kind of got the feeling from stills we’ve seen as well as the trailers and commercials that we would be seeing things Katniss wasn’t privy to. I think I’m ok with that, hopefully it will just give us a deeper view of the HG universe.
“Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well,” wrote Collins. “His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.”
And don’t worry, she thinks they made the right casting calls. “My God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life,” she wrote. “So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.”
I gotta say, I’m really happy to see this. Not just because now I’m 100% sure the film is going to be great, but because even if I did like it, I’d be upset on behalf of Collins if she didn’t. I can’t imagine her nerves walking into the theater.
The other good news? After initial tracking numbers came in, they’re estimating the film will make $70 million opening weekend, placing it ahead of Twilight’s debut. Not hating on that film or creator but I know Hunger Games is higher quality and I really want a lot of people to experience it for themselves.