Variety’s Youth Impact Report has an article on author Suzanne Collins‘s involvement with adapting The Hunger Games books to screen, hitting the heights of success close to JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer.
While other authors shy away from being much involved in the movie-making process, Suzanne wrote for TV earlier and therefore probably better qualified to handle adaptations than other authors.
Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games talks about Suzanne’s impact on the adaptation:
Unlike other authors who stepped away from the page-to-screen transition, Collins has stayed involved.
“We work very closely,” says Jacobson. “It’s always important to me that she feels her voice comes through, that the values of the book come through in the movies.”
Suzanne also worked with director Gary Ross, as we all know:
No stranger to writers’ rooms, Collins worked closely with Ross as well, collaborating with him on the final script and even sitting in on the casting auditions — particularly those of protagonist Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the two young men vying for her love, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
“She was at my audition process, which made me nervous … but she was supportive all the way through,” Hutcherson recalls. “It meant a lot to have her involved, because it gave fans that sense of security that the author wasn’t just handing something they loved off to be made into a movie.”
Following this, the article also mentions that Suzanne will be working with the new director Francis Lawrence to keep sequels “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” true to the spirit of her novels.