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Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: Release Date & Spoilers

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Release Date & Spoilers
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire claimed the fourth largest US box office opening weekend of all time, taking in $161 million (Β£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.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Movie Release Date & Spoilers
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.

Sources: Digital Spy, BuzzFeed

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  • melissa said

    Ive read the book and its awsome it would be great if it came out sooner but i can understand the actors have a life to and crew does to but I now what you do with it will be great!

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  • Estherka said

    I strongly believe that Suzanna the writer should write another book because after I have read the third it still leaves me wondering what will happen next it feels unfinished but what I love about her books is that I want to read more about the hunger games . Yes, I don’t think it’s a good idea to split the film into two and they should make it that they are not so far apart from each other the movie. I know you can read the book but you need to see it in film version as well. Which I annoying that I have to wait so long!!

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  • Marie said

    Not thrilled it is being split into 2 movies a year apart. I didn’t mind the length of Catching Fire and would have stayed even if it was over 3 hours. I hope splitting it gives it more quality with more time and it is not just about making money for twice the number of tickets sold than if it was wrapped up in on 1 long movie.

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  • Eugenia said

    I hope nothing happened to Peeta. I hope he will still be alive. I am glad there is another part to the series.

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  • gm said

    Please make the ending more warm and happy and make me believe that gale is still in contact as that they are truly happy with everyone reunited

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  • summer said

    I just watched catching fire and I must say I have never cried so much. The film was amazing. I feel so emotional. Best film this year so farr. Cant wait for the nextboine to come out wish I didn’t have to wait a whole year πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

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  • Jamie said

    The movie was AWESOME!I read the book and now when I look at a clock, I always think TICK TOCK TICK TOCK!

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  • Paola said

    The movie being split into two parts wouldn’t be so bad if they did not make us wait another looong year for the ending…it should be less than that to keep the motivation…and yes, please make the ending a little warmer, that shows she really is IN LOVE, and HAPPY!!

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  • Aaron said

    I would like to see more about Haymitch’s story. Maybe they could do a flashback to his Hunger Games that was in the book Catching Fire and tell about what happened to his family afterwards.

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    • nancy said

      I agree with Aaron having Haymitch’s personal story when he was the tribute could explain why he drinks all the time and help us to understand his importance more. Also I agree 1 yr s too long I think 6 months is long enough to wait between the 2 parts

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  • Taylor said

    First off that movie was amazing! I’ve seen it twice and would go again and again. I think for mockingjay they should have like an alternate ending after the credits where she ends up with the other guy (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that doesn’t know about it yet!) this way team gale and team peeta fans are both happy! Also make us believe she is truly happy with who she ends up with! The end of the book had me wondering what else was to happen to them !

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  • Andrea said

    I think they should do the release dates like Harry Potter….part 1 in November and part 2 the following July. A whole year in between is too much. It makes me want to wait to see part 1 on DVD instead of in the movies.

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  • Tyler said

    IIIIIImmm so psych about mockingjay im biting my nails on this. i read the book now put it in picture and im o.k. (hope she ends up with peeta)

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  • Ashlynn said

    I love the hunger games it is my favorite series. Katniss, I adore her and I wish to meet her SOOO bad but I do not like the fact that I have to wait 2 years for the whole series to end. I wish they could make the movies closer. I don’t mind if it’s in 2 parts but I go nuts. I’m impatient so it won’t be too good for me. Please let there be a shorter length. Thank you!

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  • Yblyes said

    I love the trilogy, the movies so far have been awesome, I wish there was a follow up book that tells where Everyone ends up not just the main characters. I think that if you are going to divide the last book into 2 movies then you should not make it a whole year in between because you are actually defeating the purpose of dividing the book. I would wait and see the next one on dvd so that I can see them back to back. I don’t think I am unique in my way of thinking so you may be losing revenue on the third movie because of theyear long wait. just my opinion. Other than that the series is awesome.

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  • Jessica Da Silva said

    I am a die hard fan of the Hunger Games and have been since I read all the books in one weekend. I am so happy that Francis Lawrence took over the directing of the movie franchise. It is more real to the books and to the characters. The first movie left me disappointed to be honest but Catching Fire made up for it in every possible way…one thing though…where the “?@# is the scene on the roof???? Anyway, I think it was amazing and I cannot wait! Literally I am bursting at the ‘seam’ ;). Fantastic work to everyone!

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