With less than two months to go before the second installment in “The Hunger Games” series opens in theaters, promotions for the film are already in full swing.
Jennifer Lawrence, star of the film adaptations of the post-apocalyptic, young-adult novels, recently revealed never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming film. According to a video released by Lionsgate this week via the Daily Mail, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will utilize the power of IMAX.
“IMAX is just such an immersive format so to be able to open the world up in a much bigger way is really exciting to me,” said director Francis Lawrence. “We decided to use the IMAX thematically for the arena. We decided, you know what, were going to stay scope all the way up until she goes into the arena and then as she’s going up that elevator, that screen will open up," he later added.
What does Lawrence think of the decision? She’s more than thrilled about the filmmakers’ choice. “That is such an incredible moment to choose to go into IMAX when she’s coming up out of this, because she’s kind of seeing this new world.” said Lawrence, “I think it’s going to be really interesting because I’ve always been a huge fan of IMAX.”
Co-star Josh Hutcherson, who portrays Lawrence’s love interest and fellow “Hunger Games” competitor Peeta Mellark, chimed in, “The scope of the film is just so much bigger this time around. Francis is a genius. He’s really put so much attention to detail in so many different areas that matter to me, and a lot of audience members I think will pick up on them as well.”
The cast previously revealed spoilers regarding the highly anticipated film (currently scheduled for a Nov. 22 release), confirming that only a few subtle plot points were changed for the silver screen adaption. According to a report from Moviefone, some of the lesser characters (Bonnie, Twil and Darius) were cut from the film. Hutcherson also confirmed that his character’s inability to swim in the book series was also altered in the script.
“You make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are essential,” said producer Nina Jacobson, “It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan.”