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'Hunger Games': Too Violent For A PG-13 Rating? — New Interview

Mon, March 5, 2012 9:09am EDT by 8 Comments

‘Hunger Games’ may have a young cast and audience, but will all of the blood splatter be too much for a PG-13 rating? Producer Nina Jacobson and director Gary Ross weigh in.

If you haven’t read the books yet, we can assure you that you’re bound to see more bleeding hearts — literally — than broken ones in this much-anticipated film.

Hunger Games isn’t just about the love triangle between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) — it’s about a post-apocalyptic society that forces each of its districts to surrender two teens to fight to their death in a televised game.

Film producer Nina Jacobson tells Entertainment Weekly that they were worried from the start about how they were going to portray the book’s violence on the big screen.

“When I first read the book…of course I asked myself ‘How can you do it? How could you possibly do it?’ Nina says.

But director Gary Ross says fans of the book won’t be disappointed with its transformation.

“You don’t need to be gratuitous in order to be honest and capture the intensity of the book…Is it violent? Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No we don’t,” Gary tells EW. “But I’m not interested in violence for violence’s sake. This is a character’s story; it’s about Katniss’ journey.”

We sure hope the movie doesn’t stray away from all the blood and gore that happens in the book, but we are concerned if it will be appropriate for a PG-13 rating.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Vote and weigh in below.

— Nicole Karlis

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