There are people out there who really love the trilogy of Hunger Games books. (I know, I live with one.) However, despite what those vocal proponents might claim, the young adult series has not had the widespread financial success of it's vampiric or wizarding brethren. Nonetheless, with the recent conclusion of Harry Potter and the sun setting on Twilight, (sorry, couldn't help myself) every studio is looking for the next YA fantasy goldmine and Lionsgate is betting on Hunger Games.
The film is currently shooting in North Carolina and a slew of casting announcements over the summer caused a lot of excitement within the extremely vocal online fan community. Entertainment Weekly did a sizable spread, giving the faithful their first glimpse of some of their favorite characters and last night MTV premiered the teaser during their much ballyhooed VMAs.
Am I crazy or is Lionsgate totally dropping the ball here? From what I've been told, Hunger Games is actually an incredibly exciting and hyper-violent series of books, essentially a post-apocalyptic, televised Battle Royale. That sounds awesome! Too bad we don't get any of that here. Instead we've got pictures of people standing around blankly, some extremely vague voiceover, and a girl running through the woods with a bow and arrow, shooting at a logo that's essentially meaningless to the majority of the audience. Also, it looks like something my little brother shot in the woods behind my house. It looks cheap, and that's never a promising sign when you've got a fair amount of world building to do.
Seriously, this is supposed to get us excited? This is the next blockbuster film franchise? I still have absolutely no idea what's going on, who these people are or what sort of world they inhabit. (Is it the past? The future? An alternate present? WHO KNOWS!) Lionsgate has a fair amount of educating to do if they really want to sell people on this thing and right now all they're doing is preaching to the converted. In fact, I'm not even sure they're preaching that well. I know some of you loyal readers are already fans...does this teaser do anything for you? Because to me, it looks like a boring, live-action version of the teaser for Pixar's Brave...