What’s most interesting about the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series is that they’re taking it seriously. The books themselves are overbearing in their tone and style with the young adult tropes, but there’s a sinister quality to Collins’ world that makes the story intriguing. It’s easy to dismiss the books as mediocre pop culture fodder, and I think that could have been an obvious route for the films. Let’s just hope that the marketing team hasn’t fooled us all and The Hunger Games ends up being another mindless Twilight style lazy piece of filmmaking
With each image and trailer it becomes ever more apparent that whatever happens come release day in March, someone really wanted The Hunger Games film to be more than a pale adaptation. We have new images from the film. The movie releases in March and I doubt we’re going to see too much more, at least of major note.
Most of the images are old news, being either stills from the recent trailers or from the scenes used in the trailers. One does feature a nice shot of Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and Peeta (Josh Hutchersan) chatting it up. This is likely at some point in the Capital when the tributes prepare to battle to the death by preening before the press and being good little showmen for the masses.
The Hunger Games is set to release in theaters on March 23, 2012. Click on the images in the gallery below for high res versions of the newest images from the movie.