It was recently announced that the final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, will be divided into two films. Since that announcement, it has come to light that a lot of pressure will be on production teams to get these final two films ready to shoot. With the actors growing-up and changing, production needs to pick up on these final two films.
Filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will wrap in December, which will leave just under a year for post-production and marketing to pick up. However, the next film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One, is due in the same amount of time. Plus, the final three films are to be released in 2013, 2014, and 2015. This suggests that the filming for Mockingjay may have to start either before Catching Fire hits theaters or early in 2014. With this tight schedule, Francis Lawrence might not be able to do one or both of the final Hunger Games films.
IndieWire is reporting that Lionsgate searching for their director(s) for the Mockingjay films.
“New Lionsgate movie chiefs, Summit’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producers Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are currently vetting the right directors for the last two Mockingjay films, which are also hurtling into production (for release November 2014 and 2015), too fast for Francis Lawrence to be in charge. The second Twilight could have been a better movie had it not been so rushed, but Summit got away with it and laughed all the way to the bank. So they are following the same playbook.”
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