Earlier this month there were reports of a leaked script – an early draft of The Hunger Games movie. According to those that had seen a copy of the draft, there were a couple of controversial developments – mostly a move to have Gale make his way to the Capitol in an effort to help Katniss during the Hunger Games.
The book was originally adapted for the screen by Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach). However, today Lionsgate tweeted a change to the script credits saying, “The current draft of The Hunger Games script was not written by Billy Ray. It is a collaboration between Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins.”
RopeOfSilicon has pointed out in their article that this isn’t the first script for Ross, the film’s director, as he also put pen to paper for such films as Pleasantville, Big and Seabiscuit. For Collins, she’s done a little television work in the past, including the teleplay for 2001’s Santa, Baby! and more recently five episodes of the Nick Jr. television show “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” which is a bit of a 180 when you consider the graphic nature of The Hunger Games.
The most interesting news here is the fact Lionsgate says Ray’s script won’t be used at all, which means it must have undergone some serious rewriting.
Back in April, Ross told Entertainment Weekly he and Collins were reworking the script saying, “Both Suzanne and [screenwriter] Billy Ray had done wonderful work, but I told Billy when I began — and he’s a director as well and a very good one — that I would have to put this into my own voice. And I wanted to get back as close as I could to the essence of the book and the emotional arc. To get inside Katniss’ skin and understand how she grows, largely through her relationship with Peeta. I needed to have fresh clay to do that. And then when the draft was done and I got in the room with Suzanne, it was a very, very spontaneous process.”
Let’s hope that this a script that sticks as closely to the book as possible – a script that Suzanne Collins and her fans are happy with.