We all are anxious to see how our beloved second book, ‘Catching Fire‘, will be adapted to the big screen. But it’s not just us on the edges of our seats, MTV is getting excited as well! They shared what they hope and dream they will get in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘, as well as their biggest fears for the film.
Director Gary Ross proved himself exceptionally loyal to “The Hunger Games” source material when he gave us the series’ first film — going so far as to collaborate with author Suzanne Collins — and we hope Francis Lawrence will be similarly true to the books as he brings “Catching Fire” to life. But Ross also knew when the cinema offered important, useful opportunities to deviate from his source material, and this movie needs the same touch: namely, by forgoing the extended flashbacks to book one and dishing up more character development in its place. The relationship between Katniss and Gale, for instance, got short shrift in the first movie and needs more attention on this go-round in order to spotlight and encapsulate the heroine’s conflict — not between this guy or that guy, but between the safety of her past and the uncertainty of a revolutionary future. Also: more behind-the-scenes glimpses of President Snow at his evil best will make him a more compelling villain.
Like anyone who loved the books, we are seriously scurred of seeing a favorite scene get lost in translation or a favorite character get chopped. And when it comes to the latter, the risk of a movie-ruining mistake is bigger than ever before; the alliances that form in the Quarter Quell arena are vital to both the emotional core of this story, as well as the larger themes of the franchise. Or, in other words, if the other tributes don’t get enough screen time, “Catching Fire” risks being nothing more than another flat action flick with no soul instead of the portrait of a nascent revolution that we all know it could be.
To read their dreams, head over to MTV.
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