The Hunger Games films contain a high degree of violence due to their plot, but it could have been even more violent, as Francis Lawrence reveals that all the movies that he directed had an R-rated first cut. The first Hunger Games film, released in 2012, was directed by Gary Ross. Despite the good reception by fans of the saga and the good performance at the box office, the director did not return for the second part. Lawrence’s arrival for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire marked a before and after for the franchise, and that film is considered by most fans to be the best of the entire saga. The filmmaker also returned for Mockingjay, which was divided into two parts, and was summoned again by Lionsgate for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel that hits theaters next week.
Director Francis Lawrence reveals that all of his adaptations of The Hunger Games were initially R-rated. Read More