she described the challenge of moving Suzanne Collins' trilogy from page to screen. Here's an excerpt: “One way to go was to create a softened, diluted version of the book by aging up the characters,” she said. “Instead of being 12 to 18 years old, they’re 16 to 20, or even older. This would make the idea of kids killing kids more palatable.” The alternative approach would have been to glamorize and glorify the story. “In the book the Capitol is the evil central power and the source of the subjugation, and I didn’t want to make a movie that was in essence guilty of the sins of the Capitol. I had to make careful, ethical choices about the adaptation, which was the pitch I made to Suzanne.”
she offered thoughts on the violence in the movie: "I'm a mom. I have a 14-year-old and 11-year-old and a 5-year-old. I'm very mindful about what they see and read. I didn't let my 11-year-old read the book until this past summer. The book is recommended by Scholastic for ages 12 and up and we wanted to make a movie that could be seen by the kids that first discovered the book and made it what it is today. I think the book and the movie take on very sophisticated themes that kids are savvy about. They are very much aware of a lot of what they watch in terms of reality TV is more TV than reality. We made the movie as both film lovers and parents to be responsible and to be ethical. The book is responsible and ethical and has been embraced by parents and librarians."