The current draft of The Hunger Games script was not written by Billy Ray. It is a collaboration between Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins
Let’s hope that means that the script that was leaked – the one reported on below – has been overhauled by Ross and Suzanne Collins and is a lot closer to the book than the storyline involving Gale (spoilers ahead).
Earlier this month HollywoodLife.com reported that one of their sources had read an early draft of The Hunger Games screenplay. The two big things they pointed out was that the script seems to leave open the possibility of a prequel and that one of the characters would be left out.
SPOILER ALERT – stop here if you don’t want to read any plot changes.
As we mentioned back then, the character of Madge, who in the book gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin, is written out. What they didn’t publish back then, but an anonymous poster mentioned on this site, and blogger Crowin’s Musings has also reported, the script has Gale sneaking into the Capitol to maneuver and strategize for Katniss behind the scenes. As they point out, Gale is somewhat of a tragically impotent bystander in the first book. So is this move all about making him more of a hero and greater participant in the overall plot? What would you think if they decided to make Gale more heroic, and build upon the sexual chemistry between his character and Katniss?
I can see how it would make sense for a movie, but I would hate for the script to take such a huge departure from the book. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.