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January 8, 2011 - The Hunger Games / director Gary Ross and producer Nina Jacobson talk about adaptation

Scooped on Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hunger Games director Gary Ross and producer Nina Jacobson are featured in a new interview in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. The duo are asked how they will adapt Suzanne Collins' novel, which features several intense and gory sequences, so that the film can meet PG-13 expectations.

"It's not going to be an R-rated movie because I want the 12- and 13- and 14-year-old-fans to be able to go see it," Ross told the magazine. "This book means too much to too many teenagers for it not to be PG-13. It's their story and they deserve to be able to access it completely. And I don't think it needs to be more extreme than that...  I don't need to have a huge prosthetic budget or make this movie incredibly bloody in order for it to be just as compelling, just as scary, and just as riveting."

While some have been comparing The Hunger Games to the immensly popular Twilight franchise, it's a comparison that producer Jacobson doesn't think fits. "I think anybody who’s read the two books knows that they are as different as night and day, with very little in common other than the youthfulness of their protagonists," she said. "I mean, Holden Caulfield is young too! But as a producer you can’t help but be thrilled that people are comparing something that you’re working on to something that so many people love."

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