This week on The Collision, the release and success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has us talking about the adaptation of young adult novels, recent flops Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, if there’s any room for next year’s Divergent to be a success, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations (and we’re recommending books!)
Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“State of the Oscar Race, November 2013”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).
Opening this weekend in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film 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. The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Lawrence. He talked about inheriting the cast that Gary Ross assembled, whether he was nervous about making Catching Fire, the length of his assembly cut, deleted scenes, and the shooting schedule for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 (he reveals they’ve already shot five weeks on the sequels). Hit the jump to watch.
Take a look at today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Lionsgate continues to nab prestigious, Academy Award-nominated actors for its feature film adaptation of the Hunger Games book series. We previously heard that Julianne Moore was being eyed to play the integral role of Alma Coin in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and today Lionsage has confirmed that Moore’s deal has closed and she will indeed be portraying Coin in the film. Francis Lawrence took over from Gary Ross and directed the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but in addition to finishing up post-production on that film he has been very busy prepping the two-film finale Mockingjay.
Moore joins other new additions for Mockingjay that include Stef Dawson as Annie Cresta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida, and Evan Ross as Messalla. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 2014, followed by Part 2 in November 2015. Hit the jump for the press release.
Here’s today’s casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still five months away, but with the accelerated pace Lionsgate wants for the franchise, there’s no time to wait when it comes to the final two installments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Many of the characters from Catching Fire carry over, but there’s the key role of Alma Coin, the leader of a rebellion that hopes to use Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as their symbol and overthrow the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). When I was reading the book, I pictured Cherry Jones in the role, but Lionsgate is aiming for a lot more star power. According to Deadline, Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore is being eyed for the role. She’s also a great choice, but Moore tends to be a great choice for just about everything.
The actress is finishing out 2013 in a big way. She’s playing the villain in the fantasy blockbuster Seventh Son, she’s the abusive, religious fanatic mother in the remake of Carrie, and she co-stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut, Don Jon. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set for November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is due out on November 20, 2015.
The Cannes Film Festival, like most major film festivals, is where studios deal behind the scenes to acquire films, although Cannes has the added touch of also packaging movies (which is why we’ve seen so many casting stories) and selling existing properties to foreign buyers. Lionsgate managed to sell nine of their movies, and their press release contains brief synopses for each of the films. Some confirm what we already know, some provide new information, and some are Step Up 5 (“Fifth installment of Summit Entertainment’s successful STEP UP franchise”).
Hit the jump for the synopses as well as the cast and above-the-line crew.
Just when I thought my limited edition poster appetite was satisfied, the Halloween season rolls around and Mondo drops this beauty from Ken Taylor for John Carpenter‘s masterpiece. Given that I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend the benefit at L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema where the print’s Regular edition of 225 was released for only $100 (which included a ticket to the screening no less!), I’m now banished to dealing with sellers who are already asking upwards of four times that number. Sigh. What’s a guy to do but drop ridiculous amounts of money on movie art?
But enough of Hoarders: Collectible Movie Poster Edition, standing out from this past week’s headlines is the huge news regarding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, Wreck-It Ralph interviews with John C. Reilly and more, our American Film Market 2012 coverage, Francis Lawrence helming the remainder of The Hunger Games franchise (including a two-part adaptation of Mockingjay), and special Election 2012 assets including Joss Whedon‘s endorsement of the Zomney Apocalypse and the return of Idiocracy‘s President Dwayne Elizando Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
We have just learned that Francis Lawrence, who was hired to direct The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has now been tapped to helm the remainder of the series. While author Suzanne Collins‘ The Hunger Games books amount to a trilogy, Lionsgate has split the final novel, Mockingjay into two parts, as is now the custom for major adaptation of best-selling book series.
It is worth noting that Gary Ross, who directed the first film, decided to pass on Catching Fire because he felt he wouldn’t have enough time to write and prep and the movie he wanted to make because of the tight production schedule. For Lawrence, this is apparently not an obstacle. He is currently filming Catching Fire, and will then presumably set to work immediately on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Catching Fire will open November 22, 2013. Part 1 is due out on November 21, 2014 and Part 2 is set for November 20, 2015. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Mockingjay. [Update: Lionsgate has now sent out a press release confirming our report. We've added the press release after the jump.]
Though production just now got underway on the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate is already putting the wheels in motion for their two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy closer Mockingjay. We learned in July that the studio was looking for a new director to tackle the two-film adaptation, signaling that Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence would not have time to prep and shoot Mockingjay given his Catching Fire commitments. Now it appears that Lionsgate has hired Emmy Award-winning scribe Danny Strong to tackle the screenplay adaptation for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Hit the jump for more.
In this age of back-to-back-to-back feature film adaptations of books in a series, it’s nearly impossible to keep the same director onboard throughout the franchise’s run. Director David Yates was up to that Herculean task on the last 4 (or 3, however you count the last book) installments of the Harry Potter franchise, but that meant that he was having to prep the next film while still in production or post-production on the previous film.
The Twilight series has had a different director for each book adaptation, and now it looks like Lionsgate/Summit is planning on taking the same route with The Hunger Games, as they’re currently looking for a director to helm the final book in the series, Mockingjay. Hit the jump for more.
Production isn’t yet underway on the second film entry in the adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, but that’s not stopping Lionsgate from setting release dates for two further installments. Though there are only three books, the studio previously announced that they would split the trilogy up into four movies. At the time we assumed this meant that they were following the recent trend of splitting the final book in a series into two movies regardless of whether or not it’s entirely necessary. In the case of Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games series, the merit of splitting it into two films is bit of a toss-up. Nevertheless, we’ll be getting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on November 21st, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20th, 2015.
Hit the jump for more, including where I think the last book will be split.