As technology evolves, the more filmmaker pitch reels will become available to us. Not long ago we were able to watch the fantastic pitch reel Joe Carnahan put together while trying to win the directing gig on a Daredevil reboot, and now another one has surfaced online; this time it's for an adaptation of The Hunger Games, which director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Mortal Kombat: Legacy) pitched a few years back, ultimately losing out to the more veteran Gary Ross.
Obviously we know what the outcome was; The Hunger Games was handed to Ross, who turned around and delivered one of the most successful films of 2012. Ross' version is dark, but not too dark, and accessible, but not just for lovestruck preteens. It found a nice balance, which helped it clean up at the box office, and now Francis Lawrence has been given the reigns on its sequel, Catching Fire.
With his pitch, Tancharoen embraced the sci-fi elements of the franchise a bit more, delivering what feels like a darker and grittier version than what eventually wound up on-screen. We're not sure whether this would've satisfied the fans more (seeing bits and pieces of other movies cut in here sort of throws us off), but, like with Carnahan's reel, it's just a treat for us to see more of this kind of stuff because it's typically hidden from audiences.
/Film premiered the pitch reel (watch above), along with an interesting interview with Tancharoen, who you might remember as the filmmaker who won a deal to create a Mortal Kombat Web series based on another of his pitch projects, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
When it comes to the popularity of filmmaker pitch reels these days, he tells the site, "The idea of a 'pitch reel' has been around for awhile and is very common practice for any director. Trying to pitch a vision to a room full of people is always very difficult verbally. In the past two years, the pitch reel has significantly become more demanding since technology allows for people to make mini-movies in their own homes. It’s almost expected for a director to show some visual materials, but the need to impress has become elevated. At first, it was just some concept art, some storyboards and possibly a treatment. Then the rip-o-matic (a visual reel using clips from other movies to portray a visual style) became really popular. I even know some directors who do a full animatic at their expense just to take into a meeting."
Read the entire interview over at /Film, and check out Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short below. Do you think his version of The Hunger Games would've turned out better than the one that hit theaters this year?
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