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.
Here’s the press release:
WORLD TO CATCH FIRE NOVEMBER 22, 2013
CATCHING FIRE – FILM BASED ON SECOND BOOK IN THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES TO UNSPOOL WORLDWIDE
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.