EW Catching Fire Issues with Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and Gale Covers

We notice many have been concerned over the Gale cover, we’re pretty sure it’s just the arena background to match all the other covers.

Catching Fire Changes From Book to Film

1) “We made some changes to Peeta’s narrative,” says Lawrence. “We manned him up a little. And by the way it didn’t take a lot, just little choices to make here and there. The story doesn’t really change, his relationship with Katniss doesn’t change, he’s just a different kind of character.” For instance, in the book, the Hunger Games kicks off and Peeta is paralyzed when the other all-star tributes dive into the water. “The option is for either me drowning or sitting there like a cat batting my paw into the water,” says Josh Hutcherson with a laugh. “Either way the visual is horrible.” Easy fix: Let Peeta swim. 
2) Goodbye Bonnie and Twill. In the book, Katniss stumbles upon the District 8 refugees in her father’s hunting cabin. There they reveal to a stunned Katniss the existence of District 13 and news of the spreading revolution our hero unintentionally sparked with her act of rebellion at the end of The Hunger Games. So the movie had to find a new way to introduce the news of District 13. “That’s fun,” says Lawrence, “figuring out new ways around things and new ways of doing things.” 
3) Darius, we hardly know ye. District 12′s youngest peacekeeper, who pays dearly for intervening during that terrible scene of Gale’s public whipping, didn’t make the jump from page to screen. It’s another instance of storytellers having to drown one of their kittens. “It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says producer Nina Jacobson. “I want every single thing in there. But you know what? If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
Before the shoot wrapped on December 22, Claflin already knew what he wanted to bring home with him: The arena wet suit for his mother (“I kept my armor from my first role playing a knight and my mum bought a mannequin for it, so part of me wants to get the wet suit so she can have mannequins all over the house…”) and Finnick’s trident for above his own mantle. “Though I don’t know what my fiancée will think about the décor in our house.”
What We’ve Learned from Entertainment Weekly Catching Fire Issue
  • According to Jennifer Lawrence, Francis has a real passion for the book
  • Nina Jacobson says that Sam Claflin has both the swagger and soulness needed for playing Finnick Odair
  • Finnick’s “strategic netting” chariot outfit from book makes it to the screen
  • Simon Beaufoy was set to write Catching Fire, but left after Gary Ross exited the project. With no script, Francis Lawrence and Suzanne Collins spent three days in a room to form the film outline. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) streamlined the script.
  • Francis Lawrence wanted bigger, better costumes and VFX. He hired Girl With The Dragon Tattoo costume designer Trish Summerville, and wanted new cinematography by hiring Janek Sirrs (The Avengers) as VFX supervisor.

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