Movie Timeline

Script

  • 9/21/2010 – The Hunger Games trilogy author Suzanne Collins submitted two draft screenplays to Lionsgate, which then went through rewrites from veteran screenwriter Billy Ray.
  • 2/24/2011 – According to a Wall Street Journal article, the script is secret and hasn’t been finalized.
    • 3/19/2011 – Danielle Chuchran confirmed this in our interview about the Katniss audition process.
  • 5/4/2011 – On the script writing process, Suzanne Collins told USA Today, ”I wrote the treatment and original screenplay. Then screenwriter Billy Ray did a pass (or rewrite). Then director Gary Ross did a pass, then Gary and I did a pass together.”
  • 5/27/2011 – Lionsgate tweeted that “The current draft of The Hunger Games script was not written by Billy Ray. It is a collaboration between Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins.”

Director

  • 9/7/2010 – Deadline reported that there were 6 directors being considered by Lionsgate: Gary Ross, Sam Mendes, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders and Susanna White.
  • 11/30/2010 – David Slade confirmed that he was considered to direct.
  • 12/17/2010 – Gary Ross was officially announced as director via an Entertainment Weekly article, although he was suspected to be the director after attending the American Film Market to promote The Hunger Games in November.
  • 12/23/2010 – Nina Jacobson told the Los Angeles Times how Gary got the job.

Cast

  • 1/24/2011 – Lionsgate confirmed they hired Debra Zane as the casting director for the movie. Lionsgate also said that no auditions have been held yet.
  • Katniss Everdeen
    • 9/2/2010 – USA Today reported that Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz is the front runner for the role of Katniss.
    • 10/11/2010 – Lyndsy Fonseca confirmed that she has a copy of the film script (as of 12/9/2010, Lyndsy still confirmed she has the script but that there is nothing to report on her possible audition for Katniss).
    • 10/12/2010 – Kaya Scodelario originally tweeted that she had the script before her publicist said that was not true.
    • 12/17/2010 – Director Gary Ross said he hadn’t met with any actresses to play Katniss, but that conversations would begin soon.
      • 12/20/2010 – Producer Nina Jacobson confirmed Gary’s comments, saying that casting for Katniss will begin in early 2011.
    • 12/20/2010 – Hailee Steinfeld met with Producer Nina Jacobson previously, according to a LA Times article, but it’s not clear what the meeting was about.
    • 1/26/2011 – Malese Jow tweeted ”Yes!!! Let the games begin… ; )” before taking it down, prompting many to speculate that she may have an audition for movie.
    • 2/25/2011 – Debra Zane said that around 50 actresses have auditioned for the role of Katniss and the casting process continues.
    • 2/25/2011 – Debra Zane’s team provided this description of Katniss: She should be Caucasian, between ages 15 and 20, who could portray someone “underfed but strong,” and “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.”
    • 3/2/2011 – According to Variety, Jennifer Lawrence is a front runner, and Jennifer’s mom may have provided a clue in an interview with etalk.
    • 3/2/2011 – According to Variety, Abigail Breslin is listed as one of the top actresses vying for the role.
    • 3/3/2011 – Lionsgate told Entertainment Weekly that 30 actresses have met or read for the role of Katniss, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Chloë Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley
      • 3/3/2011 – We spoke with Kaya’s reps who told us she ”has not met for the role nor submitted a reading for the role of Katniss.”
    • 3/10/2011 – According to MTV Hollywoodcrush, a source at Lionsgate said no offers have been made for the part of Katniss, in response to a reliable source who told us that Jennifer Lawrence had been offered the role.
    • 3/11/2011 – According to reports from Variety and Deadline, Jennifer Lawrence is close to receiving an offer for Katniss.
    • 3/17/2011 – The Wrap reported that Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play Katniss.
    • 3/17/2011 – Lyndsy Fonseca tweeted that she read for Gary Ross and supports Jennifer Lawrence for Katniss.
    • 3/17/2011 – Lionsgate officially announced Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.
    • 3/19/2011 – Danielle Chuchran told us in an interview that she auditioned for the role of Katniss.
    • 3/21/2011 – Alyson Stoner confirmed via Twitter that she auditioned for the role of Katniss.
    • 3/21/2011 – Emily Browning confirmed to Playlist that she auditioned for the role of Katniss.
    • 3/25/2011 – Emma Roberts confirmed to MTV that she’d been in the running for Katniss.
    • 3/25/2011 – Saoirse Ronan confirmed to E! that she read The Hunger Games script.
    • 4/19/2011 – Kaya Scodelario’s reps confirmed to us that she’d sent in an audition for the role of Katniss.
  • Peeta Mellark
    • 1/22/2011 – Liam Hemsworth told MTV News that he’s read The Hunger Games script, is interested in the role of Peeta, and will likely meet with Gary Ross on it soon.
    • 2/7/2011 – Alex Pettyfer told J-14 Magazine that he met with Lionsgate about The Hunger Games.
      • 2/25/2011 – He confirmed to Access Hollywood that he met with Alli Shearmur, one of the film’s co-producer, about the role of Peeta. He says he is undecided at the moment and is waiting to see the script.
    • 3/13/2011 – Josh Hutcherson told Entertainment Weekly that he’s read the script and had meetings with Gary Ross.
    • 3/16/2011 – Hunter Parrish told E! Online that he’s met with Hunger Games producers but hasn’t yet seen the script.
    • 3/25/2011 – Josh Hutcherson is testing for the role of Peeta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • 3/25/2011 – Lucas Till is testing for the role of Peeta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • 3/25/2011 – Hunter Parrish is testing for the role of Peeta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • 3/25/2011 – Alexander Ludwig is testing for the role of Peeta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • 3/25/2011 – Evan Peters is testing for the role of Peeta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • 4/1/2011 – Deadline reported that Josh Hutcherson is the front runner for Peeta.
    • 4/4/2011 – Lionsgate officially announced Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.
    • 12/21/2011 – Evan Peters confirmed to Vulture that he tested for the role of Peeta.
  • Gale Hawthorne
  • Primrose Everdeen
  • Haymitch Abernathy
    • 1/26/2011 – We spoke with Hugh Laurie’s publicist to determine if there was any possibility for him to play Haymitch, but she told us ”he isn’t available at that time.”
    • 4/22/2011 – John C. Reilly is rumored to be in talks for the role of Haymitch, according to NY Magazine’s Vulture blog.
    • 5/5/2011 – According to E! Online, John C. Reilly is no longer in the running for Haymitch, and instead Woody Harrelson is the frontrunner.
    • 5/10/2011 – Lionsgate officially announced the casting of Woody Harrelson as Haymitch.
  • President Coriolanus Snow
  • Effie Trinket
  • Mrs. Everdeen
  • Caesar Flickerman
  • Claudius Templesmith
  • Seneca Crane
  • Stylists/Prep Team
  • Avox Girl
  • Tributes

Filming/Release Date

  • 5/28/2010 – MTV spoke to producers from Lionsgate at a Scholastic event for the trilogy, who said that the film will be going into production in January to release in later 2011.
  • 9/15/2010 – It looks like we could now be seeing a 2012 release, while IMDB lists 2013.
  • 11/27/2010 – Acting-Auditions.org reported that filming would take place in North Carolina and Georgia starting in April 2011.
  • 12/17/2010 – According to an Entertainment Weekly article, production will begin in late spring 2011.
  • 1/6/2011 – An Entertainment Weekly article said that Gary Ross hopes to have The Hunger Games in theaters in 2012.
  • 1/25/2011 – Lionsgate announced to Entertainment Weekly that The Hunger Games will be released March 23, 2012.
  • 2/3/2011 – This NC filming rumor reappeared on Backstage.com. The NC Film Office reiterated to us that they’re “still are not working on any projects by that name” and Lionsgate said they ”have not yet confirmed the location information” for the movie.
  • 3/24/2011 – According to an Entertainment Weekly article, “production is slated to begin toward the end of May in North Carolina.”
  • 3/31/3011 – PROnetworks Larry Richman and Production Week both listed the filming dates as May 23 – August 3 in Wilmington, NC.
  • 3/31/2011 – The Hob discovered a crew call for Artemis (the working title for The Hunger Games) on the Charlotte Regional Partnership website, suggesting potential filming in the Charlotte, NC, area.
  • 4/5/2011 – An insider source told The Hob that filming is scheduled to take place in Asheville, Shelby and Charlotte, NC.
  • 5/9/2011 – The Hunger Games is filming in Hildebran, NC, May 19-26, according to the Hickory Daily Record.
  • 5/20/2011 – The Hunger Games is filming in Shelby, NC, May 26-June 3, according to The Shelby Star and News Anchor Russ Bowen.
  • 5/24/2011 – The Hunger Games is filming in N. Fork Reservoir in Black Mountain, NC, June 20-30, according to News Anchor Russ Bowen.
  • 5/31/2011 – A casting call was announced for ”unusual and/or unique looks” for extras who can work in August, which will likely be filming scenes for the Capitol.
  • 6/1/2011 – The Hunger Games is expected to film in DuPont State Forest in early June, according to a posting about trail closures.
  • 6/13/2011 – Lionsgate confirmed that The Hunger Games will be released in the UK on March 23, 2012, and in Spain on April 20, 2012.
  • 7/1/2011 – Filming will take place in Charlotte and Concord, NC, in August for the Capitol scenes, according to an email sent to extras.
  • 7/13/2011 – Lionsgate confirmed that The Hunger Games will be released in Brazil and Mexico on March 23, 2012.
  • 8/31/2011 – Filming will wrap in early September, according to the unit publicist.
  • 9/11/2011 – Filming wrapped in North Carolina on Sept 10, according to News Anchor Russ Bowen and confirmed by Lionsgate

Rating

  • 8/28/2010 – The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson told The Daily Beast that she and Lionsgate agree that the film should be rated PG-13 so as not to alienate the book’s 12- to 18-year-old core audience.
  • 1/6/2011 – Gary Ross reiterated this PG-13 rating in an Entertainment Weekly interview.