Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson on Three Characters Cut from ‘Catching Fire’
Entertainment Weekly has given us official word on the status of Bonnie, Twill, and Darius. They’re dead. Or rather, they didn’t make it to the big screen. Producer Nina Jacobson explained how these cuts are painful for them too, but they recognize them as necessary for larger elements and characters.
[W]hen it was pointed out that there is in fact no Bonnie and Twill listed on the movie’s IMDB page, he gave it up. “Ah, right,” he said with a laugh. On how the movie will now introduce District 13, Lawrence would only say that “it was fun figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.” With Bonnie and Twill gone, so too is the scene of Katniss scaling a tree and then leaping over District 12′s electrified fence. And Darius, District 12′s youngest peacekeeper who intervenes during Gale’s whipping and then sentenced to the life of an Avox, is another who didn’t make the leap from page to screen.
If the loss of Darius bums you out (and it should!), know at least that the filmmakers feel your pain. “It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says producer Nina Jacobson. “I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
I think we all kind of expected this, but it’s still sad to hear. Hopefully what we see instead is well worth their disappearance! Anyone still got hope for Madge?