An Interview with Nina Jacobson – Producer of The Hunger Games Movie
Fans of The Hunger Games have been waiting and counting down the days until the movie FINALLY makes it to the big screen. I am one of those fans. I fell in love with the books, and I am honestly thrilled with the movie. Getting to interview Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, has definitely set this girl on fire! Do you want to know what impressed me most about Ms. Jacobson? It wasn’t that she took time out her surely IMPOSSIBLE schedule to chat with some parent bloggers (though that was VERY cool), it wasn’t that her son was in the room with her (again, just an added “real person” bonus), but she is one of the biggest fans of The Hunger Games out there!
Jacobson’s love of the books is actually what pushed her to make the movie. She read the books when there were only about 100,000 in print. After reading the books, Jacobson says she “couldn’t imagine not making it into a movie.” She knew that she was working with an extremely powerful and ethical book (how she described it), and didn’t want the movie to be done wrong. Over the course of about 3 months, Jacobson talked with Suzanne Collins (author of the book series) and after getting the green light from her, went to Lionsgate. According to Jacobson, Lionsgate wanted to do a “faithful adaptation of the book … and was fully committed from the very beginning.” This all started in 2009, and now, we have a movie!
For those true, die-hard fans of The Hunger Games, you may be worried about what differences there are between the book and the movie. We asked the producer about this. There are 2 big things missing from the movie. First of all, the mockingjay pin comes to Katniss in a very different way. Sadly, Madge is while not in the movie, but it’s a difference that makes sense. Jacobson says, “we needed to build the relationship between Katniss and her sister.” Also, some fans might be disappointed that Katniss’s stylists don’t really come to life in quite the same way. “I love the stylists,” says Jacobson, “but there just wasn’t enough time.” Time was instead spent building the amazing character of Cinna. A trade well worth the sacrifice.
Another concern from many parents is the violence in the story and how that will be portrayed on screen. I’ve even had some parents ask me if the movie will be appropriate for their kid(s). It’s a tough call to make, but when asked about her perspective on the violence in the story (both in the book and the movie). Jacobson says that since the books are recommended for readers ages 12 and up, they have been “very mindful of the fans of the books.” She also notes that when reading, “your imagination really sets the parameters “ for the violence in the books, where as the movie creates the parameters for you. That said, Jacobson was also very aware that they “needed to be true to the gravity of the situation… show how wrong” things were and not tiptoe around it. She worked hard to make sure that the movie did not dilute the level of intensity but also to not “be the capitol” and glorify the violence in any way.
Now for the question lots of fans are asking. Are there sequels planned? The answer to that is yes. The script is currently undergoing some work, but they are really hoping for a November 2013 release for the next movie in The Hunger Games story.
Keep checking MomStart for more on The Hunger Games, more from my interview with Nina Jacobson, and more about a special Hunger Games laptop giveaway!
Thanks to Lionsgate for arranging the interview and to Nina Jacobson for her time!
About Ashley: Ashley has a background in teaching Kindergarten and working with children K through 8th grade. She is now a SAHM and writes her own blog at Momicles.