Entertainment Weekly has published an open letter to Gary Ross, now that it looks certain that he’ll be the director of The Hunger Games movie. Go and check it out…it pleads with Ross not to go down the grit line.
Dear Gary Ross: According to Variety, you’re all-but-officially the director of the Hunger Games movie. Congratulations! You haven’t directed a movie in seven years — Seabiscuit, saw it– and now you’re at the center of the next big young-adult franchise. Hooray! Now, I hope you won’t mind, but I have one minor request: Please, please, please, please, don’t make The Hunger Games gritty. Don’t shoot the movie with handheld cameras. Don’t bleach all the color out of the film stock until everything looks like rusted Depression-era gunmetal. Don’t forget: Katniss Everdeen is not Jason Bourne.
I have no problem with people voicing a preference, but it feels to me that this letter from Darren J. Franich is condescending and rude. And since when was Lord of the Rings a gritty movie, or Twilight for that matter? And why hit the director over the head with your own opinions? The tone of the letter from this self-proclaimed expert is smug and self important.
I hope the script and the direction of The Hunger Games movie sticks to the book as much as possible. It was one of those stories that you could see in your mind as a film. We’ve all had it play out in our imagination, so no doubt we all have some kind of idea of how we hope, or think, it will look. I agree with Darren Franich when he says how much he hates the hand-held camera faze we’ve been through in cinema in recent years, but is there really any need to be quite so agressive in stating your preference, in what’s supposed to be a letter to the director?
Are we all that uptight and afraid of how The Hunger Games will turn out that we have to admonish the director before he’s even been officially announced?
Perhaps it’s not what Darren J. Franich had to say to Mr Ross that bothered me, but the way he said it.
I would love to know what you think. If you were to write a letter to Gary Ross, what would you say?