It’s impossible to predict in advance which hopeful franchise starter will actually find box-office gold and go on to become a successful film series. Twilight has made it look easy, but book sales are no guarantee of film success… just ask the filmmakers behind Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Spiderwick Chronicles, City of Ember, Eragon, The Golden Compass, and Lemony Snicket.

But if any adaptation is going to follow in the YA fiction footsteps of Stephenie Meyer’s behemoth, The Hunger Games may just be it. The film is the first of a planned trilogy based on the bestselling books by Suzanne Collins about a future America that forces its teenage citizens to battle to the death for entertainment purposes. So yeah, it’s an updated and stylized version of Richard Bachman’s The Long Walk.

Check out the first teaser below.

Well, I did say it was a teaser

There’s very little here to comment on with this MTV preview as the movie is still filming, but at least we’ve confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence will be running through the woods at some point. Speaking of Lawrence, is it me or does she looks completely unidentifiable in the teaser’s intro?

The Hunger Games shoots its arrow into film screens on March 23rd, 2012.

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