The brilliant writer/director GARY ROSS talks about creating his vision for the dystopian world of The Hunger Games.
I’m a bit of a fan of brilliant writer/director GARY ROSS and I think he has another hit on his hands with his film version of Suzanne Collins’ hugely successful dystopian novel The Hunger Games.
ROSS’s first feature in 1998, Pleasantville, took two modern-day teenagers – Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon – and transported them back to the 1950s where they learned valuable lessons about life and love. His no-less successful follow-up in 2003, Seabiscuit – reuniting him with Tobey Maguire – was a superbly emotive journey back in time to a 1930s horse race that made history.
Now, with his new film, it seems as though he’s cleverly used the look and feel of the Depression (from Seabiscuit) for the district where our heroine Katniss Everdeen – the very talented Jennifer Lawrence who impressed so much as the lead in the 2010 independent drama Winter’s Bone – comes from. Then he contrasts that with the ultra-futuristic look of the Capitol who control everyone’s fate. Clever stuff.
In this fascinating interview, Ross discusses the rhythm, the feel and the colours that make up his new movie…