As 2011 comes to a close, fans of The Hunger Games are eagerly looking ahead to what will come in the new year — not least among them, the March 23rd theatrical release of The Hunger Games movie. But aside from this obvious milestone, fans have much more to look forward to in 2012.
The Hunger Games red carpet premiere
Before the movie hits theaters, fans will watch the stars of The Hunger Games walk the red carpet for the premiere. Details are unknown at this time — but if it’s anything like the fervor from other franchise red carpet events (such as Harry Potter and Twilight), you can bet there will be lots of screaming. Fans will also get to glimpse the stars in their finest duds and hear them talk about the movie in red carpet interviews.
Midnight release parties
Most fans won’t get to hit up the red carpet premiere, but there will no doubt be midnight release parties for The Hunger Games across the country on March 22nd. If midnight release parties for other franchises are any indication, this madness will no doubt include costumes, themed t-shirts, trivia games, contests, and much more. And of course, it will all culminate at 12:01am on March 23rd, with the first viewings of The Hunger Games on the big screen.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the other stars of The Hunger Games are expected to help build up the buzz about the movie ahead of its release date. The actors will likely be making the talk show circuit and appearing in more magazines, not to mention possible new still photos, video clips and TV spots!
Official music released
Fan musicians like Sam Cushion and Alex Carpenter have been writing original music inspired by The Hunger Games for a while now. But by the time the movie hits theaters, fans will finally be able to listen to the official music. Both an original score composed by T. Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard, and a companion soundtrack will be released. We already know that the soundtrack includes the song “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, as well as tracks by The Decemberists and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. Hopefully, early 2012 will bring us the rest of the contributing artists.
True, Suzanne Collins doesn’t have plans for any more additions to The Hunger Games trilogy (that we know of), but fans will have some fresh reading material to snap up in 2012 — starting with FAME: Suzanne Collins, a biographical comic book about the author. Look for that in February.
Also in February, look for three movie tie-in books: The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Guide, The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide, and The Hunger Games movie tie-in paperback. In March, Scholastic will also release The World of the Hunger Games.
Besides books and music, Lionsgate is also planning a comprehensive merchandising campaign to tie-in with The Hunger Games movie. So-far, we only know about “Colors from the Capitol,” a line of nail polish colors coming in March — but fans are eager to snap up anything that ties in with their beloved series. Some items on fans’ wish list of merchandise items include t-shirts, socks, posters, and jewelry.
Fire is catching
So-far, the only information we have about a Catching Fire movie is that it’s been given a November 2013 release date. Depending on how The Hunger Games is received at the box office, fans can likely expect some major news announcements about a possible sequel. Information fans can hope to learn include:
- If the Catching Fire movie is officially given the “green light” and when production will begin
- Casting for new characters in Catching Fire
- Who from the first film will return, including cast & crew
The fandom grows
New fans will no doubt latch onto The Hunger Games bandwagon following the film’s release, much like what happened with franchises such as Harry Potter and Twilight. And while those of us who fell in love with The Hunger Games first — when it was just a book, and before the buzz took over Hollywood — it will be great to welcome new fans into the fold.
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