MOVIES : The Hunger Games : Mockingjay will be a two-part finale
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Lionsgate officially confirmed that the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise will be split into two movies. The studio announced that The Hunger Games : Mockingjay, Part I will hit theaters November 21, 2014, with The Hunger Games : Mockingjay, Part II closing out the series a year later.
Last June, we reported that Lionsgate was looking to split Suzanne Collins' third novel, Mockingjay, into two movies, although it hasn't been confirmed until now. The move has almost become a common practice as of late, with Warner splitting J.K Rowling's franchise finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts, and Summit doing the same with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight : Breaking Dawn.
The studio will go into production next month on Catching Fire. Francis Lawrence is directing the sequel, although it's too early to tell if he will be back for this two-part Panem finale.
The Hunger Games, produced for a budget of $78 million, released in more than 50 countries between March 21 and March 23 and rated PG-13 in North America, has taken in $404 million in the US + Canada and $274 million elsewhere. The film opened four weeks ago in China and will open on September 28 in Japan.
Catching Fire comes to theaters November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part I comes to theaters November 21, 2014 and Mockingjay, Part II comes to theaters November 20, 2015.
Source : MovieWeb.
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