Translating a popular book such as "The Hunger Games" into a movie is tough work. (And when there are more than 25 million copies in print, the stakes are even higher.) There's always the real possibility of disaster -- such as the adaptation of Frank Herbert's "Dune," which is one of my favorite books but also one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Early reviews of "The Hunger Games" movie have been very promising, and much of the credit goes to producer Nina Jacobson, who also handled adaptations such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."
In an interview with Publishers Weekly, she described the challenge of moving Suzanne Collins' trilogy from page to screen. Here's an excerpt: “One way to go was to create a softened, diluted version of the book by aging up the characters,” she said. “Instead of being 12 to 18 years old, they’re 16 to 20, or even older. This would make the idea of kids killing kids more palatable.” The alternative approach would have been to glamorize and glorify the story. “In the book the Capitol is the evil central power and the source of the subjugation, and I didn’t want to make a movie that was in essence guilty of the sins of the Capitol. I had to make careful, ethical choices about the adaptation, which was the pitch I made to Suzanne.”