It’s the trailer you keep seeing over and over. It’s the book that has your teenager curled up on the couch reading. It may even be the thing that has taken over your own free time.
It is “The Hunger Games,” the book series phenomenon created by Suzanne Collins that has now been crafted into a box office hit. If you don’t know much, it’s OK. Here is the rundown of everything you need to know about the futuristic film where teenagers strive to survive by killing each other off.
The who, what and how of ‘Games’
Where it came from: It’s a book series created by Suzanne Collins, which was turned into a movie.
The books: There are three in the series — “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “MockingJay.”
Director: Gary Ross.
Screenplay: By Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray.
Big bucks: The movie grossed $155 million on opening weekend.
Book bucks: Published by Scholastic, “The Hunger Games” has more than 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone. It has spent more than 160 consecutive weeks and more than three consecutive years on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008.
Rundown of the film: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. The games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
About author Suzanne Collins: She started writing children’s shows in 1991. She worked on several shows for Nickelodeon, including “Clarissa Explains It All,” “The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo” and “Oswald.” Her book, “The Hunger Games,” was inspired by her father’s career in the Air Force, which allowed her to better understand poverty, starvation and the effects of war. Collins lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two children and two cats.
Key players — who plays who in ‘THG’?
Role: Katniss Everdeen
Movies she's been in: “X-Men: First Class,” 2011; “The Beaver,” 2011; “Winter's Bone,” 2010.
Born: Aug. 5, 1990
Fact: For her role in Winter’s Bone, Lawrence learned to skin squirrels, chop wood and fight.
Role: Peeta Mellark
Movie’s he's been in: “The Kids Are All Right,” 2010; “Bridge to Terabithia,” 2007
Born: Oct. 12, 1992
Fact: He has two dogs named Diesel and Nixon.
Role: Gale Hawthorne
Movies he's been in: “The Last Song,” 2010; “Triangle,” 2009.
Born: Jan. 13, 1990.
Fact: He is the boyfriend of Miley Cyrus.
Role: Haymatich Abernathy
Movies he's been in: “Cheers,” 1985-1993; “White Men Can’t Jump,” 1992; “No Country For Old Men,” 2007; “Natural Born Killers,” 1994.
Born: July 23, 1961
Fact: His father, convicted murderer Charles Harrelson died on March 15th, 2007 in a federal super-maximum security prison in
Role: Effie Trinket
Movies she's been in: “30 Rock,” 2010-2011; “The Next Three Days,” 2010; “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” 2008.
Born: Feb. 10, 1974.
Fact: She took a course on flying the trapeze with a friend.
Movies he’s been in: “Precious” and “Batman Forever.”
Born: May 26, 1964
Fact: He is the distant cousin of Al Roker.