[The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261) is set to hit theaters November 21st, which has fans really excited, but also kind of sad, as we come to the realization that the two-part cinematic conclusion marks the end of new Hunger Games content... or does it? Apparently, Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment are working together to bring The Hunger Games to the live-action theatre in the Summer of 2016 in London.
It will be produced by Robin de Levita and, as you may imagine, it won't include any of the cinematic cast, but will use “innovative and immersive” techniques according to Empire Online. The production will take place in a theatre next to Wembley Stadium that was built purposefully for the show. It will be cool to see how they go about doing a lot of the action sequences that are much easier to capture on camera or to describe in a book.
Can a live show keep up with the hype of the book and film?
Who will they possibly find to play Katniss as well as J-Law?
And for some reason I can't imagine Peeta looking any different than this.
Also, replacing Lenny Kravitz is no small feat. Speaking of which, he was a stylist...
Will the makeup be as on-point as it was in the movie?
And what will the arena be like?
I wonder how Katniss will "catch fire" so to speak with her burning dress.
There's a lot of fighting and action sequences that are going to be less suited for the stage. They're going to have to adapt somehow.
Part of the movie that I thought was super cool was the juxtaposition of poverty-stricken District 12 with the extremely excessive Capitol. Depending on how they decide to design the set, I think this could make or break how successful the adaptation to stage will go. Obviously, you don't have as much freedom on the stage without CGI.
One of my favorite parts about the movies are the long train rides. Haymitch has time during those to spew some knowledge to Katniss in between sips of alcoholic beverages, but on stage these elaborate trams may not exist.
Will Rue's death be as tear-inducing on stage?
Needless to say that those involved with this production are undertaking something very difficult. There is a lot of pressure to match the success of the movies. And I think at times it's important with a franchise like this not to beat a dead horse. While I'm sure there will be intrigue surrounding the show, I'm not sure if this will be as successful as they hope.
Is this an example of having too much of a good thing?
(Source: Empire Online)