August 09, 2013

NEWS: Changes in the 'Catching Fire' Movie - Peeta can swim, no Bonnie & Twill & more!

More details about the much anticipated film sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview Issue has surfaced online. Here's what EW's Inside Movies blog has published about the changes that we, the fans, can expect to see in Catching Fire's film adaptation.

If you haven't read the highlights from the issue, click HERE.

Peeta has been manned up - he can swim in the movie!
“We made some changes to Peeta’s narrative,” says [Francis] Lawrence. “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 instance, in the book, the Hunger Games kicks off and Peeta is paralyzed when the other all-star tributes dive 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.” Easy fix: Let Peeta swim.
No Bonnie and Twill (we already knew about this), Francis Lawrence comments on the effect of the decision to the story.
So the movie had to find a new way to introduce the news of District 13. “That’s fun,” says Lawrence, “figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.”
Producer Nina Jacobson shares her thoughts on how difficult it was to cut the characters in the motion picture adaptation.

“It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says producer Nina Jacobson. “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.”
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