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'The Hunger Games' to be released in IMAX
We all know that Lionsgate's upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestseller "The Hunger Games" is going to be big, but it looks like it might be even bigger than expected -- at least on the screen.
The film will be digitally re-mastered into the supersized IMAX format and released day-and-date on Friday, March 23. But you have to hurry -- it will only run in IMAX theaters for one week.
In the film, Jennifer Lawrence ("X-Men: First Class") stars as Katniss Everdeen, forced to compete to the death against 23 other teen and pre-teen "tributes" for Panem's 12 districts. While in battle, she forms a tenuous bond with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), while missing her childhood friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth). Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland also star in the futuristic thriller that will kick off a trilogy of movies which could be the next "Harry Potter"-sized book-to-film phenomenon.
The story's frequent bursts of explosive action in the arena, and the trailer's impressive-looking sci-fi cityscapes should draw audiences to the big, big screen.
“With this news, the release of 'The Hunger Games' has truly become an epic event,” said Lionsgate’s Joe Drake. “'The Hunger Games' and IMAX are a match made in heaven - fans love this book because its world is so vividly imagined and seeing the film in IMAX will make them feel as if they have landed right in the middle of the action. It is the ideal way for fans to experience this film for the first time.”
“'The Hunger Games' is one of the most popular properties in recent memory and we're excited to offer this passionate fan base the opportunity to experience this exciting adventure in the most immersive way,” added IMAX chairman Greg Foster. “We’re proud to kick off our relationship with Lionsgate around this highly anticipated film that will make a strong addition to our 2012 film slate.”
"The Hunger Games" was adapted and directed by Gary Ross and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force, along with producer Jon Kilik.
The games begin March 23.