Digital Cinema Media’s (DCM) resident Film Specialist, Tom Linay, was lucky enough to attend a preview screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jenifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.
Since the success of the Twilight films, producers around the world have been scouring their offspring’s bookshelves for young adult fiction novels to adapt into feature films in the hope of starting a new global franchise. Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments and I Am Number Four, amongst others, have all made the transition to the big screen and to date arguably the only unqualified success since Twilight has been The Hunger Games.
The first book of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy was brought to the screen by Gary Ross in March 2012 and it proved to be a critical and commercial hit ($691m worldwide, with £24m from the UK alone). The bleak dystopian world where one boy and one girl from the 12 districts of Panem are pitted against each other in a fight to the death, was expertly realised and the film was anchored by a terrific lead performance from seemingly fearless lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen. Since the first film Lawrence has won a Best Actress Oscar and the books have attracted even more fans. To say that Catching Fire is highly anticipated is putting it very lightly.