Watch/Read/Listen: First 'Hunger Games' Clip, Plus Arcade Fire Song and Author Suzanne Collins Reviews the Finished Film

Watch/Read/Listen: First 'Hunger Games' Clip, Plus Arcade Fire Song and Author Suzanne Collins Reviews the Finished Film

Mar 02, 2012

With under a month till The Hunger Games fights its way into theaters, box office insiders are saying the film could potentially beat Twilight's opening of $69 million in 2008. If that happens it'll make Lionsgate extremely happy, and we'll be officially looking at the next big teen-friendly franchise following Harry Potter and Twilight, which ends later this year with Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Now that we're inching closer to release, the studio has started to shovel out their clips and TV spots. Below, watch as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) interrupts a fancy dinner party with her bow and arrow.

Also, listen to Arcade Fire's song for the movie, titled "Abraham's Daughter." [via The Playlist]

Additionally, Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins just recently had a chance to watch the finished film, and she took her thoughts to the Hunger Games Facebook page. Read her review below.

“Dear Readers,

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places… like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.

Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.

And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film!

Suzanne Collins”

The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd. Do you think it's built up enough buzz to open as big as Twilight?

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