The Hunger Games, while not on the epic fan level as Twilight or Harry Potter, definitely has a massive fanbase and the filmmakers, specifically director Gary Ross, are not looking, despite the violence and sexuality in the young adult novels, to shaft the teenagers anxiously awaiting the film adaptation. Ross told Entertaintment Weekly the following regarding the rating of The Hunger Games movie:
This book means too much to too many teenagers for it not to be PG-13. I don’t need to have a huge budget or make this movie incredibly bloody in order for it to be just as compelling, just as scary, and just as riveting.
In other Hunger Games news, a casting rumor is floating around the web universe and it’s one I am crossing my fingers is true. Cinematical and ScreenRant have both done stories about True Grit star, Hailee Steinfeld, as a candidate for the role of 16 year-old bad ass, Katniss Everdeen. Time will tell if this has any truth, but anyone who watched Steinfeld in True Grit knows she has the acting chops and the vim and vigor to nail this role with gusto.
See the picture of Hailee Steinfeld below. Could this be Katniss Everdeen, or is there someone else who better fits the bill?