The 13-page cover story in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly reveals four aspects of the book that won’t make the cut to the big screen.
Suzanne Collins was the first to insist on brevity in order to keep the emotional core of the story intact. Director Gary Ross and producer Nina Jacobson explain the changes.
Madge: Jacobson says that “you have so little time to establish these characters. So if Madge has to get thrown under the bus so you can make sure that an audience who hasn’t read the books understands the devotion between Katniss and Prim, then that’s what you do.”
Focus on Avoxes: Director Gary Ross explains “we have Avoxes, but we don’t digress in the film. I think it’s a wonderful way to populate the world, but there are just certain [cutbacks] that have to happen.”
Focus on the prep team: Octavia, Flavius and Venia are all in the movie but we won’t really get to know them. Jacobson says “we agreed that the main thing is to establish Cinna. So we had to sort of borrow from Peter to pay Paul!”
Capitol gadgets: Gadgets like food automators won’t be shown. Jacobson explains “we didn’t want the Capitol to appear too fanciful. It has to appear ominous and threatening. The Capitol has to be a mind-blowing experience, but it can’t be Whoville.”
Also of interest: Taylor Swift explains the vibe of the soundtrack: “one of [soundtrack supervisor T Bone Burnett]‘s objectives was to make Appalachian music 300 years from now-what Americana and bluegrass music would turn into in the future.”
I still wish they would have kept Madge.