Due in theaters later this month, THE HUNGER GAMES is the big screen adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ best selling young adult novel of the same name. An epic sci-fi adventure, the story is set in the not-too-distant future where children are forced by government decree to kill other children in a televised arena battle that brings an entirely new urgency to the term “reality” TV.
Since its original publication in 2008, THE HUNGER GAMES has been constantly compared to the 1999 Japanese cult favorite BATTLE ROYALE, a story that also centers on school aged children forced to fight to the death for the benefit of the cameras. Subsequently turned into a film and a manga series, it was also translated into several languages and developed a rabid following.
During the press event to promote THE HUNGER GAMES, producer NINA JACOBSON talked about the continuing debate over the similarities between the two stories. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Director GARY ROSS says he chose to distance himself from the discussion by ignoring the Japanese product altogether. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE HUNGER GAMES opens in theaters 3/23