The Hunger Games
Hunger Games Poster.jpg
Directed by Gary Ross
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Jon Kilik
Based on The Hunger Games
Starring Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Liam Hemsworth
Studio Lionsgate
Country United States
"May the odds be ever in your favor."
―Official tagline

The Hunger Games is a 2012 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. Gary Ross directs the film.[1]


Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


Lionsgate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which is being produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force production company. Suzanne Collins initially adapted the novel for film herself, with rewriting by Billy Ray.[2] However, the first draft of the script was replaced by one written by Collins and director Gary Ross.[3] When asked for his thoughts on his script being replaced, Ray said, "I don't have any."[3] From an initial $60 million, the budget for the film was increased to $75 million.[4] then to $100 million.

On May 18, 2011, Entertainment Weekly revealed on their cover the first photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.[5] The first teaser trailer was revealed during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Lawrence presented the teaser through a pre-recorded video, as she wasn't able to attend the event due to filming.

The official trailer was released on November 14, 2011.



Danny Elfman and T. Bone Burnett are to collaborate in composing the film's score.[6] Burnett will also serve as the film's executive music producer.[7] Universal Republic will release the soundtrack besides songs that directly influenced by the theme of the film like freedom, rebellion, survival and family.[8] Glen Hansard will also be featured in the film's soundtrack, with a song he wrote from Katniss Everdeen's perspective. In addition to Elfman, Burnett and Hansard, Michael Nielsen also contributed to the film's music through the song Mercury, which was used for the first teaser trailer.[9]

Differences from the novelEdit

  • In the film, the infamous Mockingjay pin is given to Katniss by Greasy Sae, while in the book, it is given to her by Madge Undersee.
  • Haymitch's hair, while described as Seam-style black in the book, is blond in the movie.
  • Several of the direct lines from the book are changed but they still bear similar meanings
  • Effie Trinket's reaping suit, described as spring green in the book, is pink in the movie.
  • In the book, Cinna was described with gold eyeliner on. In the film's trailer, it is seen he has no eyeliner on.
  • It is also seen in the trailer/teaser that when Katniss was in the arena, she had no Mockingjay pin on, whereas in the book, she had worn the Mockingjay pin the whole time.



The Hunger Games (2012) - Theatrical Trailer for The Hunger Games02:37

The Hunger Games (2012) - Theatrical Trailer for The Hunger Games


Main article: Catching Fire (film)

A sequel for the currently unrealeased film has been announced for release in late 2013 .[10]

External linksEdit


  1. The Changing Objective of the American Film Market. Baseline Intel (November 18, 2010). Retrieved on November 29, 2010.
  2. Bonnie Fuller (May 6, 2011). 'The Hunger Games' Script Stays True To The Book & Makes Way For Prequels! Exclusive. Hollywood Life. Retrieved on May 9, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Joshua L. Weinstein (5-27-2011). 'Hunger Games' Ditches Billy Ray's Script For One by Novelist Suzanne Collins and Director Gary Ross. The Wrap. Retrieved on 5-28-2011.
  4. The Hunger Games budget increases to $75 million Mockingjay UK. Retrieved on May 9, 2011.
  5. This Week's Cover: First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in 'The Hunger Games' -- EXCLUSIVE Entertainment Weekly (05-18-2011). Retrieved on 05-19-2011.
  6. Brian Gallagher (o6-20-2011) . The Hunger Games Gets Composers Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett. Movieweb. Retrieved on 06-24-2011.
  7. 6/28/11 - THE HUNGER GAMES scores T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman. Lionsgate Publicity (06-28-2011). Retrieved on O6-28-2011.
  8. Phil Gallo (08-03-2011). Universal Republic to Release T Bone Burnett's 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack. Billboard . Retrieved on 08-04-2011.
  9. Hunger Games Teaser Trailer Soundtrack: Mercury by Michael Nielsen. From Hunger Games Trilogy. Retrieved on 10-28-2011.
  10. World to Catch Fire on November 22, 2013. Lionsgate Publicity. Retrieved on 08-10-2011.

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