Lionsgate UK has shaved years off the potential local rating for The Hunger Games by making 7 seconds worth of tweaks. According to Britain’s ratings board the BBFC, the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate without the changes Lionsgate made in order to secure the younger-skewing 12A rating (similar to a PG-13 in the U.S.). Fixes were made in four scenes of violence and one showing details of injuries. The board says the edits were for the most part implemented ahead of formal submission, after Lionsgate had sought advice on how to ensure the 12A. Some or all of the tweaks — many of which apparently had to do with blood — were substitutions. The film will be released March 23 with the consumer advice tag: “Contains intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments.” In the U.S., The Hunger Games secured a PG-13 for “intense violent thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens.” The Gary Ross-directed adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ hit novel (the first in a trilogy) has been tracking huge with expectations it could be bigger than Twilight. Cast of the film including Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson went on a mall tour in the U.S. earlier this month that was mobbed by fans of the story of teens in a post-apocalyptic society struggling to survive a life-or-death contest.
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