Studios hope such deals will give them steady revenue streams along the lines of the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchises. Popular fantasy novels, comic books and hits from other media are especially desirable because of their established young fan bases. Studios often option all the titles in a book series at once, so if the first film adaptation is a success, the studios quickly can churn out sequels.
The highest-profile of the new candidates is Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s adaptation of Ms. Collins’s popular “Hunger Games” trilogy, which has more than 8.8 million copies in print. The series’ first film, about a teenage girl forced to compete for her life on a reality television show, has a production budget of roughly $75 million and is slated for release next March.
Lionsgate seems to have full support for the Hunger Games movie! A 15 million dollar increase can make all the difference for the movie.