The latest trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ has been released and just as in the books, the film shows that the Games have been amped up a few notches. This international trailer is basically a shorter version of the one released during Comic-Con but there are a few new snippets of footage that is worthy to be seen. Take a look:
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
While most of what is seen in the trailer seems to be following the book, in an interview with EW, director Francis Lawrence spoke about some of the changes from the source material that fans of the book may notice on the big screen. While he reassured that the majority of the novel will be honored, he did mention these differences:
1. Peeta’s character was “manned” up.
“We made some changes to Peeta’s narrative. We manned him up a little. And by the way it didn’t take a lot, just little choices to make here and there. The story doesn’t really change, his relationship with Katniss doesn’t change, he’s just a different kind of character.”
For example, at the beginning of the Quarter Quell in the book, Peeta is paralyzed with fear to go into the water. “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water,” says Josh Hutcherson with a laugh. “Either way the visual is horrible.” So Lawrence changed the narrative and lets Peeta swim in the film.
2. No Bonnie or Twill.
Since there is no Bonnie or Twill (some of the book had to be trimmed out so they were casualties of the adaption to the big screen), Katniss won’t find out about the existence of District 13 through them so Lawrence had to find another way to introduce the District in the film. “That’s fun, figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things,” comments Lawrence. No word as of yet to how this will be done.
3. No Darius either.
Yes, the boy that intervened during Gale’s whipping (briefly shown in the trailer) and who paid dearly for that action, will not be in the film either. As producer Nina Jacobson says:
“It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan. I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
No doubt these are just a few of several tweaks that will be noticed when the film is released. Will it make a difference to those who have read the book as long as the majority of the film is true to the story in the novel? Probably not as ‘The Hunger Games’ has proven to be very profitable for the studio. But, hey, if Peter Jackson can do it with ‘The Hobbit’, surely Lawrence can too, right?
‘The Hunger Game: Catching Fire’ will be in theaters on November 22 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright.