Gary Ross, the director of upcoming film The Hunger Games, has given an interview to MTV in which he speaks briefly about the Hunger Games teaser that aired during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards as well as the general process of adapting books for the big screen.
“I think one of the most important things when you adapt a book like this is to give people the experience they really had when they read it — the same kind of visceral experience they had. I think [the reason] everybody felt so strongly in what Suzanne did was that they were with this character, they understood her, they were in her shoes, they were in her head. It was such an intense first-person experience. My job in making a film is first and foremost to reflect that.”
The director went on to comment on Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as protagonist Katniss Everdeen:
“How do we get inside Katniss’ head? How do we feel what she’s feeling? How do we become her? The first thing that allows you to do that is Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s such an unbelievable actor. She has so much depth and power and talent and sophistication and sensitivity and subtlety that she’s become Katniss Everdeen synonymously. I hope people feel about Jen and Katniss at the end of this three-book cycle the way they feel about Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter — that they’ve become very synonymous with one another.”
Read the full interview at MTV.com via this link and watch the latest trailer below!