Earlier this year Danny Elfman announced that he & T Bone Burnett were collaborating on creating the scoring Lionsgate's upcoming adaption of Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games. Today reports state that Elfman has opted out of the project due to conflicts in his busy schedule. Now James Newton Howard is taking the reins. Howard's resume includes The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable & The Fugitive. Directed by Gary Ross the adaption stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Ian Nelson, Kalia Prescott, Ethan Jamieson, Tara Macken, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Ashton Moio, Kara Petersen, Sam Ly, Leigha Hancock, Samuel Tan, Mackenzie Lintz, Imanol Yepez-Frias, Annie Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Latarsha Rose, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Amber Chaney, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio & Donald Sutherland. The Hunger Games arrives March 23rd 2012. You can check out the theatrical trailer here. Courtesy Variety.