Who Should Direct The Hunger Games Sequel?

As you may have heard, I really really liked The Hunger Games. I’ve never read any of the books, but I feel bad for all The Hunger Games fans who are only obsessed with what did or didn’t get in the movie. They’re don’t know how lucky they are because The Hunger Games is a very good film, and that doesn’t happen that often. And I’ll never fully understand the need to see exactly what you imagined. Literature and film are two utterly different mediums. One tells a riveting story with nothing but words. While the other turn those words into powerful images. A complaint I consistently hear about The Hunger Games (the film) is lack of first person narration robbed Hunger Games movie of emotional richness. This reveals a complete misunderstanding of cinema. A film full of first person narration is boring and lazy. It tells the audience what to think instead allowing those feelings to occur naturally. One specific complaint drives me up the wall. (SPOILER ALERT) “If you can’t hear the thoughts in Katniss’ head, you can’t begin to appreciate the depth of feeling she had for that beautiful young soul.” I could not disagree with this statement anymore. The images used during that seen did a tremendous job conveying how Katniss felt. I saw it in Jennifer Lawrences brilliant acting. Her heart was broken, and so was mine (END SPOILER). So why have I gone on this extended rant? Well, Gary Ross is not going to direct the sequels to The Hunger Games (it turns out this isn’t actually official yet). Ross did an amazing job bring this story to life. Sure, the camera was way too shaky at times, but that’s a small detail when you compare it to all the amazing, subtle choices he made. Even though it became obvious months ago that this film was going to be huge, Lionsgate continually low balled him. And now he’s gone. Now fans of the books should really be scared because the quality of this series will probably drastically decrease. It’s such an easy story to mess up, but there’s one guy that I truly believe could maintain the high quality Ross set, and probably improve upon. That man is the brilliant, Alfonso Cuaron. Find out why at IndiesUnchained!

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About Sean Temple

Filmmaker, Progressive, Feminist, Emerson MFA Student, Director of HUNT. I use film to critique our society and reveal the struggles real people deal with every day. View all posts by Sean Temple

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