mockingjay part 2

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It’s a strange feeling, that of watching the final entry into a modern-day movie franchise.  Specifically designed to build implicitly upon what has come before, the “average movie-goer” almost feels obligated to watch the previous cinematic entries in the series right before going to check out the new film, just to ensure that he or she has all the knowledge needed to catch all the references and call-backs being made.  Thus, it’s no major fault of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (I’ll just call it “Part 2” from here on out, for fear of carpal tunnel syndrome kicking in after typing all those words) that this final entry into the mega-blockbuster YA franchise feels slowly paced, taking the time it needs to answer all questions posed in the previous films and wrap up all necessary “loose ends” as tidily as possible.

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The first Hunger Games flick was a resounding success and the folks in Hollywood are eager to get the rest of the trilogy up on the big screen.  Catching Fire is ready to go and the third book, Mockingjay, is going to be split into two films to get both maximum story coverage and maximum monies earned.  Now, the official word has come through that the Mockingjay Part II script is under construction.

Danny Strong was previously brought in to write a script that encompassed both Part I and Part II, but in some strange industry decision, the powers-that-be decided they wanted to see what he had for the first half before they’d allow him to continue.  But now everything is okay.  Strong is working on Part II officially and audiences will not have to endure the utter and complete horror that is a two-part movie being split between two separate writers.

The next three installments of Hunger Games will be coming out over the course of the next three years.  Catching Fire will be opening on November 22nd of this year, with Mockingjay Part 1 expected to release November 21st of 2014 and Part 2 November 20th, 2015.

 

Thanks to ScreenRant for the heads-up.