March is already looking like a big month all over with Project X, John Carter and 21 Jump Street all released within weeks of each other. However the best may well be saved for last as The Hunger Games hits the big screen towards the end of the month.
Synopsis: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.
The first part in the trilogy of young adult books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games has a huge fan base and Lionsgate have already planned to adapt the two sequels. The production company must feel they have solid foundations to build a successful and profitable franchise. With the cast all signing up for more, this looks set to be the next big book to screen adaption.
With director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) keeping the other contestants and major details of the games under wraps, it could be a smart move as we are left wanting more. It certainly looks like a Battle Royale set up with the characters battling to survive whilst facing moral questions of humanity.
Jennifer Lawrence looks the part as Katniss and appears to have a bright future after her appearance as Raven/Mystique in X-Men First Class last year. Sales of the book series are also likely to soar in the coming weeks.
The Hunger Games is released in the UK/US on March 23rd 2012, Australian fans can see the film a day earlier on the 22nd.