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Hunger Games Director Francis Lawrence On The Secrets Of Catching Fire
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They Removed The 'Cinematic Dead Zone'

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

"There’s a section in the movie that even Suzanne – and it’s safe to say this because Suzanne Collins, the author of the novel, said this herself – called the 'Cinematic Dead Zone’. There’s a part that really works in the novel, but it was going to be hard to put it into the movie.

"If you look at it structurally, it’s the second quarter of the film, so it’s basically back from the Victory Tour but before they’re called back in the Games. There’s a stretch of the story from the book there that is almost entirely lifted out. We discovered, quite honestly, that in the movie we really didn’t need it. There were a couple of pieces of information that we had to figure out where to plant in other spots, but this way we could keep the urgency up in a much stronger way by excising that. And there are a couple of really cool moments in the book that we were sad to lose, but that’s the biggest difference."
 

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