October 30, 2013


Lionsgate has released a new IMAX poster for director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and it’s pretty fantastic.  The adaptation of the second novel in author Suzanne CollinsHunger Games trilogy centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  While IMAX posters are normally a bit more artistically ambitious than theatrical posters, this Catching Fire one is the best I’ve seen in a long while.  Drawing on the work of Kris Kuksi, the one-sheet does an excellent job of capturing the socio-political themes of the story.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster.  The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Liam HemsworthSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd in traditional theaters and IMAX.

Poster via Badass Digest. Click to enlarge.


Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.  Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

  • Nomis1700

    Has there been any word on how many minutes of IMAX shot footage this will contain?

  • Nomis1700

    Has there been any word on how many minutes of IMAX shot footage this will contain?

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      I haven’t seen the minute count, but there was a featurette that showed the IMAX aspect ratio begins as the games begin. It could very well be the entire Quarter Quell.

      Love this poster and really enjoyed the books. It took me watching the original Hunger Games movie twice to really enjoy it as usually happens when I read the book first. I really appreciate the efficient world building that was done in the original movie and it did tap into the essence of the story and characters well. (Worst sin for me was how it mostly overlooked the advantages katniss had at surviving due to her experience in the woods therefore making her look more lucky than smart in the games)

      Anyway, I think the book to movie translation in this one could work out really well (though recent comments from the director are a bit disheartening), and the two-movie adaptation of the final book could exceed the book in some ways so looking forward to it.

      • Nomis1700

        I also read somewhere that it could be like 45 minutes. And yes, when the games really begin it’ll grow to 1.44 aspect ratio, think that’s really cool. They shot everything in Hawaii with IMAX but I heard there’ll be cuts to other places, so that means 35mm scenes in between.
        Glad this hasn’t been post-converted to 3D.

      • AaronS12

        Francis Lawrence estimated that there is an hour or so for the Quarter Quell, give or take so there might be around an hour for IMAX sequences – it’s going to be amazing though. They might have cutaways though in IMAX so it won’t feel disjoining of the experience.. But again, I don’t care.. And I’m also so glad they didn’t shoot this or convert it into 3D.. But the producers have said that the franchise will never do 3D.

  • S_am_S

    That’s a beautiful poster. Good for them for commissioning some alternate work outside of the normal action posters.

  • The Flobbit

    It’s stuff like this that makes me want to watch this movie. No amount of girls on fire, mockingjays, and other crap like that will entice me.

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