Gary Ross Not ‘Catching Fire’

Gary Ross will definitely not be returning to direct “Catching Fire,” the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” that has so far earned over $300 million domestically, and almost $160 million overseas. This isn’t necessarily a problem because Catherine Hardwicke didn’t return to the ‘Twilight’ films, and they went on to break records worldwide.  George Lucas […]

Lionsgate Aims, Shoots Own Foot?

Lionsgate has been on a roll lately–after purchasing Summit Pictures, makers of the ‘Twilight’ films–and launching “The Hunger Games,” a franchise based upon the novels of Suzanne Collins. “The Hunger Games,” has earned almost $400 million worldwide, which is remarkable when you consider that it cost $78 million to produce and $45 million to advertise, […]

‘The Hunger Games’ Devours The Competition

Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games,” is making box office history, with the fifth best opening ever.  Worldwide receipts have reached $214 million, on a budget of $78 million. This is what happens with you take a popular book–one aimed primarily at teenage readers–with a smart (and relatively inexpensive) advertising campaign by Lionsgate. Hopefully Disney and other […]

The Hunger Games Trailer

I just watched the trailer for “The Hunger Games,” and it looks OK, but not quite distinctive enough for me to pay to see.  Lionsgate has a lot riding on this film, and looking at the trailer I am not sure that it’s money well-spent. The movie–and hopefully the sequels–are based upon a series of […]

‘The Hunger Games’ Teaser Trailer

Here’s the teaser trailer for Gary Ross’s “The Hunger Games,” based upon the young adult series of novels by Suzanne Collins.  I am aware of them (I dig their minimalist covers) but haven’t been seriously into ‘young adult’ fiction since John Christopher’s “The White Mountains.” I hope Lionsgate has better luck with this than “Conan, […]