In the next big book-to-movie franchise, two of musics best known artists will be collaborating to write the score and sound production for the Suzanne Collins New York Times best selling trilogy, The Hunger Games.
The 12-time Grammy winning producer T Bone Burnett, (Crazy Heart, Raising Sand) will serve as the film's Executive Music Producer and will collaborate with award-winning film composer Danny Elfman (Alice in Wonderland, Forrest Gump) to produce songs for the film and soundtrack.
“The Hunger Games is such a special property,” said Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music Tracy McKnight in a statement. “It has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”
The first of the four films in The Hunger Games is set to be directed by Gary Ross (Big, Ocean’s 12, Seabiscuit) and is currently being filmed in Shelby and Hildebrand, North Carolina (That's District 12 to the nerds who have read these books).
The film stars Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson. and Lenny Kravitz (who plays "Cinna", a stylist and ally to the main character and according to Rolling Stone Magazine is 'really excited' for his role, even though he has never read the books).
The Hunger Games is set to be released on March 23, 2012.