Even though “The Hunger Games” has yet to come out to the theaters, the television rights have already been acquired.

According to the New York Daily News, ABC Family has acquired the TV rights to “The Hunger Games.” The television premiere is set for fall 2014, according to a source for Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

The deal has not been confirmed by ABC Family or Lionsgate, but according to the site, the deal might also include the sequel to the film, “Catching Fire.”

It’ll be interesting to see this film on television, especially since the film is expected to be rather violent (the team behind the film is keeping close to the original story, after all). Is “The Hunger Games” a family film? I don’t know, so the question I have is if ABC Family is going to seriously edit the film in order to fit within their limitations.

You can read more about the acquisition at the New York Daily News.

“The Hunger Games” is about a girl who must defend her self in the barbaric Hunger Games, which take place in the Capitol of dystopic Panem:

“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

The film will be in theaters March 23.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

One thought on “ABC TV Gets TV Rights To The Hunger Games”
  1. ABC Family??? Has anyone read the book??? There is oppression and murders in this movie. Don’t think this is a good fit for and ABC Family movie. Granted, I haven’t seen the movie but I’m hoping it stays close to the book as possible.

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