The Hunger Games (film series)

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The Hunger Games
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Produced by
Based on The Hunger Games 
by Suzanne Collins
Starring
Music by James Newton Howard
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate
Country United States
Language English
Budget $493 million
Box office $2.9 billion

The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by Lionsgate and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, it stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Gary Ross directed the first film, while Francis Lawrence directed the next three films.

The first three films set records at the box office. The Hunger Games (2012) set records for the opening day and the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel film. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) set the record for biggest opening weekend in the month of November. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) had the largest opening day and weekend of 2014. The films, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015), received a positive reception from critics, with praise aimed at its themes and messages, as well as Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of the main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen.

The Hunger Games is the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over US$2.9 billion worldwide.

Development[edit]

Following the release of Suzanne Collins' novel The Hunger Games, on September 14, 2008, Hollywood film studios began looking to adapt the book into film. In March 2009, Color Force, an independent studio founded by producer Nina Jacobson, bought the film rights to the book.[1]:12 Jacobson then sought out production company Lionsgate to help her produce the film.[2] Collins was also attached to adapt the novel; she began the first draft after completing the third novel in the series, Mockingjay (2010). The search for a director began in 2010 with three directors in the running; David Slade, Sam Mendes, and Gary Ross.[3] Ross was ultimately chosen to direct.[4] By the time Collins had finished the script, Ross decided to go through the script with Collins and screenwriter Billy Ray.

In October 2010, scripts were sent to the actors, and casting occurred between March and May 2011. The first role cast was of the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. As many as 30 actresses were in talks to play the part, with Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, and Chloë Grace Moretz being mentioned most.[5] The role was given to Lawrence.[6]

The roles of Peeta Mellark, Katniss' fellow tribute, and Gale Hawthorne, her best friend, began casting later that month. Top contenders for Peeta included Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig (later cast as Cato), Hunter Parrish, Evan Peters, and Lucas Till.[7] Contenders for Gale included Robbie Amell, Liam Hemsworth, David Henrie, and Drew Roy.[7] On April 4, it was reported that Hemsworth had been cast as Gale, and Hutcherson had been cast as Peeta.[8]

Production[edit]

Filming for the franchise began on May 23, 2011 and finished on June 20, 2014.[1]:138

Suzanne Collins and Louise Rosner acted as executive producers on the first two films. Other executive producers of the first film include Robin Bissell and Shantal Feghali. Co-producers are Diana Alvarez, Martin Cohen, Louis Phillips, Bryan Unkeless, and Aldric La'auli Porter.[9] Color Force and Lionsgate collaborated on all four films. It was announced on November 1, 2012 that the studio had decided to split the final book, Mockingjay (2010), into two films: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015), much like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and 2 (2011), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) and 2 (2012).[10]

Directors[edit]

Gary Ross directed the first film (The Hunger Games), and despite initially stating otherwise on April 10, 2012, Lionsgate announced that Ross would not return to direct the sequel.[11] On April 19, 2012, it was confirmed that Francis Lawrence would direct the sequel instead, and on November 1, 2012, it was confirmed that he would return and direct the final two films in the series, based on the novel Mockingjay.[12][13]

Scripts[edit]

Suzanne Collins began adapting the first book to film after she finished writing Mockingjay. Collins had experience in writing screenplays after writing Clifford's Puppy Days and other children's television shows. When Gary Ross was announced as director for the film in 2010, he began to work with Collins and veteran writer Billy Ray to bring the novel to life. The script was large and resulted in a two-hour and 20 minute film.

After Francis Lawrence took over as director, he brought in Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt to write the script for Catching Fire.[14]

The final two films of the series were written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.[15]

Casting[edit]

Once the three leads were cast, casting shifted to the other tributes. Jack Quaid was cast as Marvel, Leven Rambin as Glimmer, Amandla Stenberg as Rue, and Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh.[16] Alexander Ludwig (who auditioned for Peeta) was cast as Cato, Isabelle Fuhrman (who auditioned for Katniss) as Clove,[17] and Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface.[18] Following the casting of tributes, the adult cast began to come together. Elizabeth Banks was cast as Effie Trinket, the District 12 escort.[19] Woody Harrelson was cast as Haymitch Abernathy, District 12's mentor.[20] Lenny Kravitz was cast as Cinna, Katniss' stylist.[21] Wes Bentley was cast as game maker Seneca Crane.[22] Stanley Tucci was cast as Caesar Flickerman, Panem's celebrity host.[23] Donald Sutherland was cast as Coriolanus Snow, Panem's President.[24] Willow Shields was cast as Primrose Everdeen, Katniss' younger sister.[25]

In July 2012, the cast for the second film was announced. Jena Malone would play Johanna Mason.[26] Philip Seymour Hoffman would play Plutarch Heavensbee,[27] Sam Claflin would play Finnick Odair.[28] It was later announced that Jeffrey Wright was cast as Beetee, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Lynn Cohen as Mags, and Amanda Plummer as Wiress.

In August and September 2013, it was revealed that Stef Dawson would play Annie Cresta,[29] Natalie Dormer would play Cressida,[30] Evan Ross would play Messalla, and Julianne Moore would play President Alma Coin[31] in the final two films.

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for The Hunger Games began on May 24, 2011 and concluded on September 15, 2011. The entirety of filming for the first movie took place in North Carolina including the following cities; Asheville, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Charlotte, Concord, Hildebran and Shelby.[32] All of the Games scenes were filmed on location. All of the Capitol scenes were filmed in a studio in Shelby and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Principal photography for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began on September 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia[33] and concluded in April 2013. In November 2012, production moved to Hawaii to film the arena scenes. Filming took a Christmas break before filming resumed for two weeks in mid-January. In March 2013, the film went back to Hawaii for re-shoots.[34] Atlanta was used for all the Capitol scenes, Hawaii for the arena scenes, and Oakland, New Jersey for District 12 scenes.

Principal photography for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay began on September 23, 2013[35] and concluded on June 20, 2014. The majority of filming for the Mockingjay films was filmed in soundstages in a studio in Atlanta, until April 18, 2014. Production then moved to Paris, France, with filming beginning there on May 5, 2014.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrays Plutarch Heavensbee, was found dead on February 2, 2014. At the time of his death, he had completed filming his scenes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and had a week left of shooting for Part 2. Lionsgate released a statement stating that, since the majority of Hoffman’s scenes were completed, the release date for Part 2 would not be affected.[36][37]

Films[edit]

The Hunger Games (2012)[edit]

Every year, in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl, between the ages of 12 and 18, to compete in the Hunger Games: a nationally televised event in which 'tributes' fight each other within an arena, until one survivor remains. When Primrose Everdeen is 'reaped', her older sister Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her place to enter the games and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained tributes.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)[edit]

Along with fellow District 12 victor Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen returns home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Winning means that they must leave their loved ones behind and embark on a Victory Tour throughout the districts. Along the way Katniss senses a rebellion simmering -one that she and Peeta may have sparked - but the Capitol is still in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Hunger Games - the Quarter Quell - that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)[edit]

Katniss Everdeen finds herself in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Alma Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta, along with other victors and a nation moved by her courage.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)[edit]

Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen teams up with her closest friends and allies, including Peeta, Gale, and Finnick, for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies, and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of all of Panem.

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

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  • This table only includes characters which have appeared in more than one film in the series.
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Character Film
The Hunger Games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence
Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson
Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth
Haymitch Abernathy Woody Harrelson
Effie Trinket Elizabeth Banks
President Coriolanus Snow Donald Sutherland
Caesar Flickerman Stanley Tucci
Primrose Everdeen Willow Shields
Mrs. Everdeen Paula Malcomson
Cinna Lenny Kravitz
Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman
Beetee Latier Jeffrey Wright
Finnick Odair Sam Claflin
Johanna Mason Jena Malone
President Alma Coin Julianne Moore
Boggs Mahershala Ali
Cressida Natalie Dormer
Commander Paylor Patina Miller

Crew[edit]

Role Film
The Hunger Games[38] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire[39] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Director Gary Ross Francis Lawrence
Producer Nina Jacobson,
Jon Kilik
Writer Suzanne Collins,
Gary Ross,
Billy Ray
Simon Beaufoy,
Michael Arndt
Danny Strong,
Peter Craig
Composer James Newton Howard
Cinematographer Tom Stern Jo Willems
Editor Stephen Mirrione,
Juliette Welfling
Alan Edward Bell Alan Edward Bell,
Mark Yoshikawa

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Production budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
The Hunger Games March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23) $408,010,692 $286,384,032 $694,394,724 15 79 $78 million [40]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22) $424,668,047 $440,343,699 $865,011,746 10 42 $130 million [41]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) $337,135,885 $418,220,826 $755,356,711 30 62 $125 million [42]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20) $281,723,902 $371,704,359 $653,428,261 71 92 $160 million [43]
Total $1,451,538,526 $1,509,330,504 $2,960,869,030 $493 million [44]

All the Hunger Games films finished first at the North American box office during both their opening and second weekend.[45][46][47] In North America, The Hunger Games film series is the second highest grossing film series based on young-adult books, after the Harry Potter series, earning over $1.4 billion.[48] Worldwide, it is the third highest grossing film series based on young-adult books after the film series of Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga, respectively, having grossed over $2.9 billion.[49] In North America, it is the eighth highest grossing film franchise of all time.[50] Worldwide, it is the 15th or 16th highest grossing film franchise of all time.[51][citation needed]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Hunger Games 84% (280 reviews)[52] 68 (49 reviews)[53] A[54]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 89% (256 reviews)[55] 76 (49 reviews)[56] A[54]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 65% (249 reviews)[57] 64 (46 reviews)[58] A-[54]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 70% (242 reviews)[59] 65 (44 reviews)[60] A-[54]

All The Hunger Games films received a "Fresh Rating" in the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the first two films receiving a "Certified Rating" stub.[61]

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