The Hunger Games script
Synopsis: In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.

OPENING:

KATNISS:

(V.O.)

Winning means fame and fortune.

Losing means certain death. I guess

I wouldn’t mind dying, but dying

means losing the ones I love.

INT. Cinna’s workroom.- DAY.

The lights flicker on. KATNISS bats her eyes at the sudden

light, trying to adjust her eyes to the bright lights,

slightly startled. She is naked, except for a bra,

underwear, and a tank top. CINNA circles her, examining her

body like a piece of work.

DISTRICT 12

DAYS EARLIER:

INT. Everdeen household- DAY.

Katniss stretches on her bed from the effects of just waking

up. She finds the other side of her bed empty. She props

herself on one elbow, finding PRIM curled up by her MOTHER

on another bed, both asleep. BUTTERCUP, the cat, sits at the

feet of Prim. Katniss gets up to get ready to hunt. Once

ready, she takes goat cheese from the table. Katniss goes to

Prim and kisses her on the forehead.

KATNISS:

(whispered)

Thanks, Prim.

Katniss puts the cheese in her pocket as she steps outside.

She proceeds to walk towards the edge of Seam. She leans

towards the fence and listens. It’s silent. She slips

underneath the fence. She picks up her archery set and

equips herself. She looks at a kid trying to retrieve an

apple from a tree.

KATNISS:

District Twelve. Where you can

starve to death in safety.

She climbs hills to join GALE. She sits beside him.

GALE:

Hey, Catnip. Look what I shot.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:
2.

He holds up a loaf of bread with an arrow stuck through it

for Katniss to see. She laughs. Katniss then takes the bread

from Gale’s hands and pulls out the arrow.

KATNISS:

Still warm. What did it cost you?

GALE:

Just a squirrel. Think the old man

was feeling sentimental this

morning. Even wished me luck.

KATNISS:

Well, we all feel a little closer

today, don’t we? Prim left us a

cheese.

Katniss takes the cheese out from her pocket.

GALE:

Thank you, Prim. We’ll have a real

feast.

He rips a piece of the bread off.

GALE:

I almost forgot.

(capitol accent)

Happy Hunger Games! And may the

odds-

She finishes the phrase in a similar imitation.

KATNISS:

(capitol accent)

-Be ever in your favor!

They laugh. They settle down and eat.

GALE:

We could do it, you know.

KATNISS:

Do what?

GALE:

Leave the district. Run off. Live

in the woods. You and I, we could

make it... if we didn’t have so

many kids around to take care of.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:
3.

KATNISS:

I never want to have kids. Prim and

my Mother are enough. How about

you?

GALE:

I might, if I didn’t live here.

KATNISS:

But you do.

GALE:

Forget it.

Beat.

KATNISS:

What do you want to do? I was

thinking hunting, or fishing. Maybe

gathering too.

GALE:

Let’s fish at the lake. We can

leave out poles and gather in the

woods. Get something nice for

tonight.

They leave.

CUT TO:

TRADING:

EXT. Lake, Forest at border of Seam- DAY.

Gale fishes. Katniss gathers. Gale glances at her.

GALE:

Having fun there, Catnip?

Katniss smiles at Gale and they go back to work. He casts

his line.

CUT TO:

They enter the Hob with seven fish, 4 salt water filled

bottles, vegetables, a dozen strawberries, and a butchered

paraffin.

EXT. The Hob, Seam- DAY.

They walk to GREASY SAE’S stall.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:
4.

GALE:

So, we got six fish, two salt water

bottles, 4 strawberries, and a few

chunks of paraffin to spare. Wanna

trade?

GREASY SAE:

Whatever tickles your fancy. I’ll

give you twenty five for it.

GALE:

Done.

They hand Greasy Sae the food. Greasy Sae gives them a stack

of money.

GREASY SAE:

There you are, folks. Twenty-five

for your families.

KATNISS:

Thanks, I’ll stop by for some soup

in a few days. Hey, what’s the meat

you put in there?

GREASY SAE:

Variations. But once it’s in the

soup it’s always beef.

Greasy Sae winks. Katniss raises her eyebrows. Gale yanks

her away.

CUT TO:

GALE’S EQUALITY

EXT. Mayor’s house, District 12- DAY.

They go to the mayor’s back door to sell half of the

strawberries to him. They knock on the door. After a few

moments, the mayor’s daughter, MADGE, opens the door.

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Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Marie Collins (born August 10, 1962) is an American television writer and novelist, best known as the author of The New York Times best selling series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy (which consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay). more…

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