Lionsgate to Break THE HUNGER GAMES Books into Four Movies

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We have just contacted Lionsgate, the studio behind the upcoming adaptation of The Hunger Games, and they have confirmed that Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels will be broken into four movies.  We have no further details on how the novels will be divided, but judging by the recent splits to the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, it might be safe to assume that the final book in the series, Mockingjay, will be broken into two parts.  While breaking books into multiple movies is certainly an attempt to rake in more cash, it’s also prolongs the magic a little bit longer for fans.  While I had heavily chastised Warner Bros’ decision to break Deathly Hallows into two movies, I had to admit that after I saw Part 1 last November, I was grateful that there was a little more Harry Potter in the not-too-distant future.  That being said, when it comes to Mockingjay, I’ve heard it’s the weakest in the Hunger Games trilogy.

The first film, The Hunger Games, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland, and Woody Harrelson.  It will hit theaters on March 23, 2012.  Hit the jump for the synopsis.

Here’s the synopsis for The Hunger Games:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.  Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.  If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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  • Stephanie

    Yes, WB will benefit financially from HP being split into two movies, but after 10 years, I think the fans have earned that extra bit of HP magic.

    Now Summit’s decision to split Breaking Dawn was not for the fans, no matter how you spin it. Twilight fans are ravenous and Summit is just capitalizing on their fervor. BD may be a big book, but it’s a big book of slow moving nothing (this coming from a somewhat fan of the series).

    Mockingjay is the weakest of the three HG books and I really cannot recall a reason to split the book, if this is the one they would be splitting. HG fans are proving to be just as vocal and ravenous as Twilight fans, so of course the studio is going to jump on the book splitting bandwagon.

    Here’s a thought: why not hire a capable writer who is able to reduce the book to a 120-150 page screenplay while maintaining the book’s themes and characters? Because I would rather watch one well written, well paced film than two that are over long and drawn out.

    • faninsouthbend

      There are no weak books in this series!

  • Derek

    There will always be people who say the final book of any franchise is the weakest. I’ve heard it for Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.
    That doesn’t make it true. In fact most authors use the final book to stretch the boundaries of the world they have created, and because this may break from formula readers sometimes take that as weakness.

    There are also those fans who decide for themselves how a book should end before its even released, I think not having an open mind is a bit childish.

    I found both HP and HG gave me much more than I expected. Sad, heart wrenching, and ultimately bittersweet.

  • Nick

    Enough with the money grabs. HP 7 part 1 was very very good imo, but there’s no reason to split twilight or hunger games. that’s just being greedy. and I’m concerned the last HP will be all action and no soul because of the split. Hollywood needs to get it’s act together.

  • WyldeMan45

    “Mockingjay, I’ve heard it’s the weakest in the Hunger Games trilogy.”

    Maybe you should read the books yourself then cause whoever claims that doesn’t know shit. It was not weak it’s so massive that I am very excited it will be two movies. I was hoping they would do it, it was a fantastic series and an excellent end to it.

  • Jenny

    Mockinjay was definitely my least favorite of the trilogy. I don’t see why they would split that into 2 movies. If there were to split any I would prefer Hunger Games.

  • Tony Di Giacomo

    Four movies. If they were planning that then they should have done a TV series on HBO or Showtime. Maybe three years and maybe 12 or 13 episodes each. After all it is somewhat about a TV show.
    Don’t see how breaking three books into four films works.

  • Marc Richardson

    I can understand breaking Deathly Hallows into 2 parts, (whether I agree with it or not is a different story), but at least it is understandable. After all the book is well over 700 pages long and dense with material, especially about Dumbledore’s history. The “Hunger Games” novels are not very long and not overly dense with material. I find it hard to fathom a need to break MOCKINGJAY into 2 novels other than to make more money. I ultimately feel this will hurt the series critically and artistically.

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  • Wladi

    hunger games = Battle Royale rip off…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/

  • Derek

    Lets all remember that they haven’t said they’re splitting Mockingjay into 2 movies. They said they are making four movies from the Hunger Games trilogy of novels. We don’t know exactly how they will break that down. They could split Catching Fire, adding in more back story, or they could even do a prequel for all we know.

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  • Admiral New

    Hm. If it’s gonna be the third book that’s split in two, I can’t imagine how.

  • TexasSinkholeFan229

    The books rule. The movie(s) will be just godawful. No way to deny this fact. I will not be watching them. I’m not going to ruin another literary favorite, the way watching “Golden Compass” did.

  • TexasSinkholeFan229

    The books rule; the films will be just godawful. No way to deny this fact. I wont be seeing the movies as I refuse to have another literary favorite ruined the way watching “Golden Compass” did.

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  • WTF

    Do people really need adaptations of books that came out a handful of years ago?

    I mean…is Hollywood done milking everything else already that they need to just pull books off shelves to get ideas?

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  • lovesthehungergames

    I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY WILL MAKE THE HUNGER GAMES INTO 4 MOVIES.(can someone please explain… besides just breaking mockingjay into 2 movies)

    I loved all the books, but each of them can easily be made into one movie. If they are going to break them into 4 movies, well then I’m mind f**ked on that idea.

    ONLY POSSIBILITY IN MY MIND AND IT’S NOT EVEN THAT GOOD, BUT SEEMS LIKE THE ONLY LOGICAL WAY.

    Hopefully they would do a little background on the victory tour, since if u guys don’t remember, the first book ends with them getting off the train right after the games and book two starts just a little before the tour starts,sooooooooo

    they could add maybe 20-30 mins about what happens in those 6months and other stuff and then split the second book into the victory tour as part 1 and the quarter quell as part 2, but then you would need more time on the Part 2 movie.

    SO SEE IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER HOW ONE TRIES TO SPLIT IT.(AND I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME, SINCE I SAW IT ON IMDB) AND I DON’T SEE ANY POSSIBLE WAY OF SPLITTING IT INTO 4 MOVIES.

    HOPEFULLLY THEY WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES AND 1)only make 3 movies, and 2) not be greedy (because that’s the only reason for 4 movies,more money).

  • darbi willoughby

    I really just hope they don’t ruin the movie, and make it seem not like the book. I think that the last one was not weak, but more of… great. Not amazing, but great.

  • RONTEX

    Well, I have read the books (twice) and they are all very strong. I could see Mockingjay at two movies simply because there is so much story to cover sometimes the narrative and dialogue was glossed over. I guess I could also see them stopping Catching Fire right after she is rescued out of the arena as a cliff hanger and then the third movie starts from there? It would continue into MockingJay covering the existence of District 13 up to the plan to attack District 2? The fourth movie would be her training for battle and the siege into the capitol and death of Snow/Coin and epilogue? Just a thought.

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  • Cece B

    OMFG!!!!! I’m sssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooo annoyed the last book isn’t long enough to be made into 2 films. they go on and on and on about how they are nothing like twilight (which it isn’t) but now they go and do something like this they are just copyin harry potter nd twilight. EEEEEKKKKK i’m sssssssssoooooooo sick of people doin stuff like this

  • Kallie

    None of you can read, apperantly. They DONT KNOW what book they will split into two parts. Maybe it will be the first one, or catching fire, or yes even possibly mocking jay. Maybe they wont split it they could do a prequel, a backstory, Or maybe make the movies so darn detailed they need a fourth one to hold it all. Calm yourselves.

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  • Ashley

    I think The Hunger Games trilogy movies shouldnt be split off
    For 1.) I think it will be a rip off because it will just be doubled the money out of the people’s wallet. The Hollywood or Lionsgate should not do that I’d the hunger games movies was a hit which was a #1 hit off the charts they shouldnt split it. Almost all of the people loved the book(3) trilogy.
    2.) it would cost more for the movie maybe more lightning n more outfits n stuff

  • Katie Dawnbreaker

    I love the hunger games and can not put down the book. I think they should not split it. We should have a protest aginst that. I love the hunger games and I love you

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