Lionsgate Sets November 2014 and 2015 Release Dates for Two-Part HUNGER GAMES Finale, MOCKINGJAY

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Production isn’t yet underway on the second film entry in the adaptation of author Suzanne CollinsThe 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.

jennifer-lawrence-liam-hemsworth-the-hunger-games-mockingjayOf the three books in Collins’ series, I’d actually venture to say that the second book, Catching Fire, would benefit the most from being split in half.  There’s a pretty great splitting point in Catching Fire that would make for two tonally different yet ultimately entertaining separate films.  Alas, Lionsgate knows they can reap an expectedly massive box office haul by making people pay twice to see the franchise’s finale, thus we get these release dates for Mockingjay 1 and 2 via Deadline.

Though The Hunger Games did stellar box office back in March, it appears that Lionsgate is pretty set on this being a Thanksgiving series.  The studio recently acquired Summit, which released all but one of the Twilight films towards the end of November to great success, so they seem to modeling their release strategy for further Hunger Games films off of the sparkly vamp franchise.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is slated for release on November 22nd, 2013.

It’s tough to talk about the final two Hunger Games books without getting into spoiler territority, so beware SPOILERS for Mockingjay follow below.

Though Mockingjay more or less works as one story, there is an obvious point at which it would make sense to cut the first film off.  I’m talking about the scene that occurs once Katniss and her team have successfully rescued a kidnapped Peeta, and the latter wakes up and immediately tries to kill Katniss.  Cut to black.  Credits.  For those that haven’t read the book, it could come off as a pretty big WTF moment, depending on how much they downplay Peeta’s brainwashing while he’s in captivity.  Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties from Gary Ross on Catching Fire, but it remains to be seen if he’ll finish the series out.  2014 isn’t far off at all, so it’d be a tight schedule for him to segue from wrapping Catching Fire to prepping Mockingjay Part 1.  What do you think, Hunger Games fans?  Is splitting Mockingjay in half the right decision?

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  • Bob

    Have you ever the final book? There is no way they can make a good, faithful adaption out of it unless they split it up into two 2 hour movies. SO much happens in that final book that I’m glad they are taking the measures to do it right!

    If you think otherwise, here’s a hint: Book 3 is NOT about kids killing each other in an arena… but something much larger than that :P

  • Ryan George

    Eye roll.

  • Jordan

    If they want to make the movies like the books (primarily the 3rd one), then they should make them Rated-R. They won’t, but if they were trying to be “faithful” they would.

    • Bob

      Um, NO! The author of the series clearly intended it this series to be a novel aimed at an audience ages 12 and up. The book IS violent, but it doesn’t have to be R-rated to portray it. If you don’t believe me, visit the site of the author of the book: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

  • chris

    What? That’s ridiculous! I’ve read the book and has no the extension as the “Deathly Hallows” or “Breaking Dawn” for making 2 films …. This decision is totally commercial

  • Matthew

    So they are splitting the worst book of the series into 2?

    • Albert

      Yes they are, do you know how to read? I think this article explained it clearly for you to understand perfectly.

      • Griz

        I haven’t read any of the books . . .but i think Matthew was decrying the official doubling up of crap rather than simply summarizing the article in the form of a question.

        And also: how stupid do you have to be to answer a rhetorical question, and then attack the questioner for his ignorance?

  • Rian

    I have trouble seeing the decision to turn one book into two movies as anything more than a money-making ploy. If LOTR can make three films, you can be sure they’d be able to fit the final book into one movie.

  • Hana

    Courtney & Tiffany over at Welcome to District 12 have just done a brilliant mockup of the Mockingjay script including a great argument for splitting the film just as you suggest. I agree that Catching Fire could really have benefited from being split, but I’m fine with a two-part Mockingjay.

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  • Oskars

    The third book is convoluted and uninspired (i did get some enjoyement out of it though), in all just rehashed ideas of previous two books. It could benefit from splitting in two thus being possible to make it a bit more composed…

  • chloe

    its defiantly right otherwise soo much detail will be missed out like in the hunger games i mean where is made and lavinia but catching fire would benefit being split as well

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