Lionsgate to Release THE HUNGER GAMES Sequel CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013

     August 8, 2011


Lionsgate either has tremendous faith in Gary Ross’s adaptation of The Hunger Games or they’re just going to forge ahead whether they’ve got a good movie or not.  The studio has announced they will release the second movie in the series, Catching Fire, on November 22, 2013.  For a movie about people going hungry, I guess the Thanksgiving weekend is a good a time as any. As we previously reported, the books are a trilogy but Lionsgate plans to break Book 3, Mockingjay, into two parts even though it’s the weakest novel.

The second book in the series expands the focus to show the beginnings of a rebellion against the Capitol and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) caught in between protecting her loved ones and the malice of President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  It’s not as strong as the first book because Katniss’ character begins to weaken and she’s spending more time in a love triangle and feeling powerless as opposed to The Hunger Games where she’s more of a grizzled survivor.  Hit the jump for the press release.  The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012.

catching-fire-book-cover-01Here’s the press release:



Santa Monica, CA, August 08, 2011– LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it will release CATCHING FIRE, the film adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling HUNGER GAMES trilogy, on November 22, 2013.  The announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group.  No further details about CATCHING FIRE have been confirmed at this stage.

Said Drake of the date, “The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal.  The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.”

THE HUNGER GAMES is currently in production and will be released on March 23, 2012. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.  Alli Shearmur, President of Development and Production at Lionsgate, is overseeing the production on behalf of the studio. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of novels which have developed a global following.



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  • KingAzulon

    Hopefully the two years between now and then can be put into crafting a watchable film from the second novel. The plot points are there it’s just that the execution must be drastically altered to suit anything near as cinematic as the first movie is sure to be.

  • jj

    I loved all three books and I’m really excited to see how each plays out on the screen. Katniss weakens???…I think you need to read the books again Matt. Remember, this girl is only seventeen, has just survived the arena and now has to go back in and the stakes are even higher. The Hunger Games series are about war and it’s affect on young people. I don’t remember Katniss becoming weak I remember her taking on more responsibilty, fighting in a second arena and surviving it and shooting an arrow into the forcefield among other things…is that the weak part Matt?.

  • jj

    According to you Matt Mockingjay is the weakest novel but certainly not according to the genuine critics who reviewd it last year. Look them up for yourself. Also, you make it seem as if Katniss weakens because of a “love triangle” and that bugs the shit out of me. At the end of each book the arenas and the war take it’s toll on the young woman; she is strong yes, but it takes it’s toll like it would anyone else and yet, she keeps going. I see a strong young woman surviving in a situation no one should have to live through…you see a weakened young woman worrying about which boy to choose. Typical misogynist fanboy.

    • Justin

      By the end of the third she’s shut herself in to the point where she won’t even get up to bathe, That’s not weaker than than the first? You also have to keep in mind do to the nature of this site he’s looking at it from a cinematic viewpoint. The whole internal struggle thing is a lot harder to depict that the external games, which is where the whole weakest of the novels comes from. Looking at it from that viewpoint, keeping in mind that they’re trying to split it into two movies, then yes its the weakest of the novels. Typical ignorant commentor.

    • jymmymack

      Jj, the general consensus around the world is that Mockingjay is the weakest novel. I’d got as far as to say it’s borderline terrible. I would get into why, but it would spoil things for others (it revolves around a plot point that had been hinted at for two books and then was completely grossed over in first five pages of Mockingjay). I honestly don’t know why they’d split Mockingjay into two movies. It’s not significantly longer than the other two and two me, the one designed for the extra long treatment is Catching Fire. I mean, only a third of the book was in the arena. That is the one section that could be expanded.

      • Alex–

        Actually splitting a weak novel into two films makes alot of sense.

        If they make two films they can improve and diverge from the novel for cinematic purposes. Basically the story will be the same but told much better and with more excitement.

        Also I think they’re wisely trying to break the whole “action” movie aspect of the novels, not only for budget purposes but also storytelling, character and genre.

        Just think how long it takes to write a quality script, it stands to reason that it takes longer to do so for a bad novel than a good one. So they could just be giving themselves more time.

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  • Derek

    I have to say, stating your opinion as fact Matt is really arrogant. You didn’t give any reason for your opinion, or give us any reason to believe you’re an authority on what makes a good read.

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  • sandra

    i luve the hunger games and i saw the movie 1 weekend ago on saturday(: i can’t wait until catching fire is made into a movie!! i am now reading mockingjay it’s good so far. did u hear that mockingjay might be split into 2 films? anyways why can’t november 2013 come faster!!):