An Open Letter To The Future Director of ‘The Hunger Games’
Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay (the third and final installment in The Hunger Games series) came out last week and it’s a huge hit. Hype for the film adaptation is ramping up. Collins is writing the screenplay herself and Lionsgate is producing. Now it’s time for a director to be chosen.
An Open Letter To The Future Director of The Hunger Games
First, whoever you are, congratulations! I hope you realize what an honor it is to bring The Hunger Games to life on the big screen. Odds are you’re not a total idiot since you’ve come this far in life and even if you are, the fact that Suzanne Collins is writing the screenplay herself gives me hope you won’t be able to totally screw it up. I’m sorry to be so negative, but I’ve been hurt in the past by awful film adaptations of wonderful and beloved books. So all I’m asking is this: please don’t let me down like the Twilight people did.
Twilight was awful. Yes, it made a ton of money, but I attribute this to the fact that tweens all across the country have a lot of disposable income and might just go to the movies to get out of the house and away from their parents (not that I blame them). I LOVED the first Twilight book, but there is no way I can defend the movie. It was slow, boring and cheesy. The vampires looked awful in their weird powdery make-up and scarlet lipstick, and while I know not everyone will agree with me, Robert Pattinson is not gorgeous enough to pull off the Edward role.
I know Stephanie Meyer gave The Hunger Games a great review that may have contributed to its success, but that doesn’t mean you should model this movie after that Twilight crapfest.
Just make it good. I’m not sure exactly how you can do this, or I would be directing huge blockbusters myself. But I do have a few suggestions.
First, although technically Hunger Games is a young adult book, a lot of actual women have read it and plan on seeing the movie, so please don’t cast some scrawny Justin Bieber type as the male lead. I’m not saying you should cast an old man, just someone we can all enjoy. And it goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway just in case there is any confusion) that the role of Katniss needs to go to someone with real talent and not just someone who’s hot.
Also, please respect the fact that there are some lines that just don’t translate from a book to the screen. Twilight is loaded with cheesy lines that may have worked in the book, but the actors just couldn’t pull them off without making everyone in the audience roll their eyes. I was going to rent Twilight so I could find and cite one of these examples, but then I realized that would mean I’d have to sit through Twilight again so I decided against it. Anyway, you know what I mean.
Finally, don’t skimp on make up or special effects. Once again I refer you to the powdery look of all the Twilight vampires.
Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
A Concerned Fan
So now I throw it out to you. Who do you think should direct? Who should be Katniss and who’s man enough to play Peeta?