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“They just ripped it off”: Quentin Tarantino Blasted Jennifer Lawrence’s $2.9B Franchise, Called it ‘Unoriginal Knock-Off’ of His Favorite Movie 

“They just ripped it off”: Quentin Tarantino Blasted Jennifer Lawrence’s $2.9B Franchise, Called it ‘Unoriginal Knock-Off’ of His Favorite Movie 

Among some of the best directors and creatives on the planet will be Quentin Tarantino. The producer, writer, actor, and director has numerous accolades to his name, including two Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. The often-controversial director has done almost everything right in his glittering career and has quite the rap sheet to show for it.

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Tarantino has often gone on record to call out several movies or franchises he did not like watching and did not hesitate to go full tilt against the titles. Remarkably, he has bashed Star Trek movies, classics from the mid-twentieth century, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet (2020).

Quentin Tarantino went on record to blast the Hunger Games franchise

In fact, one remembers Quentin Tarantino having gone on record to bash one of the most successful franchises in the world right now. In a 2022 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tarantino called out the Hunger Games franchise, which has had titles released from 2012 through 2015.

“I’m a big fan of the Japanese movie ‘Battle Royale,’ which is what ‘Hunger Games’ was based on,” Tarantino explained. “Well, ‘Hunger Games’ just ripped it off. That would have been awesome to have directed ‘Battle Royale,’” said the director.

Tarantino was referring to the first movie in the franchise, The Hunger Games (2012).

Battle Royale (2000) - IMDb
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The Hunger Games was in fact based on the fantastic Japanese dystopian thriller, Battle Royale (2000) directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Tarantino is, understandably, a fan of the movie and wasn’t impressed by the Hollywood version of the same.

Hunger Games has been one of the world’s most successful franchises

The Hunger Games franchise has been one of the most popular and successful film franchises, standing 22nd in a list of highest-grossers among film series, a list led by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Hunger Games franchise has earned close to $3 billion to date with the four titles in the series averaging about $750 million each.

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Battle Royale featured a group of high-school students forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government, while The Hunger Games, starring Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, followed a girl and a boy as they were picked from their districts to fight to the death in widely televised spectacles.

Source: IndieWire

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