Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: Release Date & Spoilers3.12.13 # Sequel # 19 Comments
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire claimed the fourth largest US box office opening weekend of all time, taking in $161 million (£99.2 million) and we know the sequel is already in the works. But what can we expect from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1?
The third story in the Hunger Games franchise will follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and Twilight and be bisected into two parts. Mockingjay – Part 1‘s release date is November 21st 2014, with Part 2 following a year later on November 20th 2015.
Catching Fire‘s director Francis (‘no relation to Jennifer’) Lawrence is helming both parts of the series finale too and production kicked off back in September. In an interview with Buzzfeed, he confirmed they would not deviate from the source material too much. “We’re not reinventing the book in any way,” he said. “These people, if they start out damaged in Catching Fire, they’re much more damaged by the beginning of Mockingjay. And the movie does go to dark places.”
However, Lawrence added that there would still be “some new elements” in the film that fans aren’t necessarily expecting. “We’re not changing the book, and we’re not messing with anything, [but] we are inject some hope to it, some warmth. There will be some humor. And there’s some surprises. Different layers we’re adding to it to make it richer.”
Lawrence also confirmed that both movies will be shorter than the two-and-a-half-hour Catching Fire. He said: “That was one movie trying to, you know, get as much of the 400 page book in. This gives us more freedom by splitting it in to two.”
It’s been confirmed that Julianne Moore will join both parts of Mockingjay as President Alma Coin. Other additions to the cast include Wes Chatham as Castor, Elden Henson as Pollux, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as Boggs, and Patina Miller as Commander Paylor.
** SPOILERS AHEAD ** Catching Fire ends with Katniss being rescued from the games, awaking in an aircraft to find Haymitch, Finnick and head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. It is then revealed that Heavensbee was also conspiring against Snow and that the wheels of the rebellion are now in motion, while Peeta has been captured and taken to the Capitol. After being sedated by Haymitch, Katniss wakes up to find Gale, who tells her that District 12 has been destroyed but that her family is safe.
Jennifer Lawrence recently discussed some of the next film that had already been shot (see first image above). “I think my favourite scene that we’ve shot so far is when I get upset after the Capitol just bombed District 13 and I’m hiding in the air vent and Haymitch comes and talks to me,” she said. “I don’t know if that was just ’cause I got to hang out in an air vent with Woody and that was fun.”
We can also expect Mockingjay to have a darker tone, according to Jeffrey Wright, who plays Beetee. “Yeah, it is darker, but I think it becomes even more relevant,” he said. “I think it becomes less abstract, and much more grounded in issues that we’re all facing as a society at war now.”
The officially synopsis released by Lionsgate for the next two movies is as follows:
“In Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.”
Going by the book, we can expect Mockingjay to open with Katniss living in an underground District 13, where she begins her part in the rebellion by starring in a number of propaganda movies – and requests that President Alma Coin allow her to kill President Snow when the time comes.
What would you like to see happen in the final chapters? Are you happy with the release dates for the Mockingjay movies? Should the novel have been split in two? What changes from the novel would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.