In the last month, my old college buddy Diane (who has some good blogs here on the internets, by the way) has been telling me and anyone else who will listen about The Hunger Games, a teen book series that appeals to adults.
From what I’ve gathered, it’s equal parts apocalypse, Battle Royale and Survivor. In the not-so-distant future, Katniss is a teenager who is chosen with one other person in her district to go up against other teenagers from other districts in a televised death match. The one champion will win food for their community. The losers go home with nothing… literally, because the winner has killed them all. This means our heroine has to play dirty to stay alive. It doesn’t make for the purest protagonist, but it does remind me of the mind games played on reality shows.
Considering it’s ever growing popularity, I’m not surprise that just a couple weeks after the final book was realized, rumors spread about a film adaptation. This would be a tricky film to get right. It’s a story about teenagers, but they’re being forced to kill each other. I’m harking back to a few months ago, when no one told mothers of teenagers that while Kickass has teenage/kid superheros in it, there is a really, really good reason it was rated R. The same goes for Let Me In, which I discussed a little while ago. Funnily enough, the actress up for the starring role is rumored to be the same actress from Let Me In AND Kickass… Chloe Moretz.
This is going to be a hard role to cast, but I do think Chloe is a really good idea. She’s proven she can handle the character’s violence and keeping confident and in her element. Sure, she’s blond and maybe a little younger than the character, but the film won’t be shot for a while and I’m sure she can dye her hair (that’s right, forum commenters, I disagree with you!). This might just be a good movie.
Now I just have to read the dang books.