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‘Hunger Games’ Pitch Video Shows What Could Have Been a Very Different Movie

The Hunger Games
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A lot of directors were approached to direct ‘The Hunger Games‘ before Lionsgate chose Gary Ross, including Kevin Tancharoen, the director of the ‘Fame’ remake and the ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ television series. Yeah, that guy. Check out this video for his pitch, which would have given us a very different kind of movie.

For those unfamiliar with pitch reels, it’s essentially where a director culls together footage from their own projects or other films together to make a sort of video collage or mix that gives the studio an idea of their vision. Kevin Tancharoen’s pitch for ‘The Hunger Games’ isn’t necessarily bad — it’s just very different from the version of the film Gary Ross directed.

In this pitch reel, courtesy of Slashfilm, you’ll recognize small clips from various films like ‘Twilight,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ ‘The Fifth Element,’ ‘Serenity,’ and — weirdly — ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ It seems that Tancharoen’s vision was very ambitious, high-concept sci-fi, and perhaps more colorful than Ross’ film, which sought to take the vibrancy of Panem and subvert that with deliberately colder cinematography.

And there’s definitely some pandering in this reel with the inclusion of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ — two other highly profitable young adult franchises. What we’d be interested to see is a pitch reel that actually landed a director a gig, rather than the ones that were rejected. Where’s Gary Ross’ pitch reel?

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