Twelve Lessons Future Book Adaptations Can Learn From ‘The Hunger Games’
‘The Hunger Games’ has proved to be a massive box office sensation with fantastic critical acclaim and now has an even bigger fan following than before it’s release: therefore this film has clearly done something right, yes? Check out this list by Nextmovie.com that explores how ‘The Hunger Games’ can serve as a very useful guide to future book adaptations… here are some of our favourites.
1. Initial Casting Reactions Can Be Misleading
Collins told Entertainment Weekly Josh Hutcherson would’ve been the prime selection for Peeta even if he “had been bright purple and had six foot wings,” but some “Hunger Games” fans were skeptical about the choice at first. In fact, a lot of the biggest casting decisions for the film weren’t met with praise at the outset, but now that the film’s out, the attitude has shifted quite a bit. So, when casting a favorite book-based character, there may be some grumbling at first, no matter how right the choice. Stick to talent, and they’ll do all the convincing themselves.
2. It’s Good to Have Some Fans on Staff
Having a few castmates or crewmembers who fancy the book in question can’t hurt.Elizabeth Banks, for instance, was such a huge fan of “The Hunger Games” that she admitted to calling in every connection she had in Hollywood to get an in (lucky for her, she’d already worked with Gary Ross on “Seabiscuit”). It’s easy for fans to root for someone when they share their enthusiasm for a series, and this proved quite clear with Banks as Effie Trinket.
3. Commit to the Costumes
“The Hunger Games” had a lot of talented weapons both in front of and behind the camera, not the least of which were heavily respected costume and make-up designers Judianna Makovsky and Ve Neill. They took the mandate of crazy Capitol looks to the next level, and it paid off. Having the vision to put a crazy swirl beard on Wes Bentley alone is example enough of how inventive costuming can make moments that much more memorable.
4. Go Girls! Strong Female Leads Rock!
Bottom line: Cool girls kicking butt on-screen is a good thing. Do not dismiss it.
So there you have it! ‘The Hunger Games’ has set the standards high for book-to-film adaptations and we hope that the high standards continue with ‘Catching Fire’. Check out the rest of their list too which can be found right here.