March 18, 2012

INTERVIEW: Gary Ross on the pressure of fan attention "I'm very confident...we've done a very faithful adaptation"

Gary Ross talks about Suzzane Collins' involvement with the changes made in the movie, working under the pressure of fan attention, creating a faithful adaptation, fans' satisfaction, and more in this interview with The Republic. Read this great Q&A with Gary:

Q: Now that you've finished the movie, are you ready for the onslaught of fan attention?
A: I feel very confident, to be honest with you. I mean, we've done a very faithful adaptation. I think it captures both the letter and the spirit of the book. All the fans who have seen it have responded really, really positively. So to be absolutely honest with you, I feel very good about it.
Q: You know they'll hang on every change from the book.
A: I mean, anything we left out, and we didn't really leave much out, was a decision I made with Suzanne.
Q: Was there any trepidation about taking the job, given the pressure?
A: No, I loved the book, and I wouldn't have signed on if I didn't want to do a faithful adaptation of it.
Q: At what point did you become comfortable telling Collins about changes you might have to make?
A: She was great about that. Suzanne really understood very well what the translation from book to screen was. There aren't many things that are left out from the book to the movie.
Q: So you're comfortable that fans will be satisfied?
A: Yeah, completely, and it satisfies the author, and she's the biggest barometer of this whole thing. Honest to God, I have no anxiety about that.
Read the rest of the Q&A  here.


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