The movies based on The Hunger Games novels have already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and by all accounts, the best is yet to come. Even those who were unfamiliar with the YA series back in 2012 have come around since the release of the first movie, and if ever there was a YA series to wash the bad taste out of our mouths left by the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games is it. The penultimate entry in the franchise will be released on November 21 and Lionsgate has just released some new posters via Wired that feature some of the “Rebel Warriors” that will be part of the rebellion against the Capitol. (more…)
Today kicks off the first day of San Diego Comic-Con and announcements and teasers are already flying thick at the con. Amidst the crowds and clamor it seems that a few movies are getting posters, which seem to be available at the con, while another is showing off its official logo for the first time. (more…)
The shocking death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman not only rocked the internet and cast a cloud over more than a few Super Bowl parties, it also called into question a couple of the actor’s unfinished projects. The most prominent being The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. (more…)
Though some of us only recently made it to the theaters to see the last Hunger Games installment, the folks at Lionsgate are already gearing up to sell the next movie in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The first step of that marketing barrage? Why, a teaser poster, of course. Check out the new poster in all its glory below: (more…)
Arriving at the SAG Awards on Saturday night Game of Thrones‘ actress, Natalie Dormer had a surprise for everyone: her newly, half-shaven head! In a move that seems to becoming all the more popular for actresses – Anne Hathaway for Les Mis, Karen Gillan for Guardians – Dormer committed herself to the role of Cressida for The Hungers Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 by shaving off half her hair. (more…)
Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a certified hit, all eyes turn to the trilogy-turned-quadrilogy’s final two chapters, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Rabe have already signed up joined the fun, along with returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, but now one more name has been added to the call sheet, and it’s everybody’s favorite prison psycho Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, or Robert Knepper as the actor likes to be called. And in an interesting detail, it seems he’s playing a character that doesn’t appear in the book. (more…)
The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all, and then some. (more…)
I tell you what, those Game of Thrones actors certainly seem to be getting around lately. Even though there are still many seasons to go before George R.R. Martin’s TV adaptation is completed, the people involved with the project have become Hollywood gold. The latest actress to get an amazing break is Natalie Dormer (A.K.A. Margaery Tyrell). It looks like Dormer will be getting a chance to prove her skills (yet again) in the third (and fourth) installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts I and II).
The announcement is official that Dormer has the role of Cressida, a director that hails from the Capitol and joins up with the rebellion in an effort to document it and create propaganda.
I have to say, I’ve not read the books, but Dormer has already proven to be one of the best actresses on the set of Game of Thrones and is likely to bring just as much talent to her Hunger Games’ role.
Any Hunger Games fans out there (that have read the books)? Think Dormer is the right fit for this character?
Thanks to Comic Book Movie for the heads-up.
Word is that Lionsgate has locked in Francis Lawrence to go straight from directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, to directing the series’ two-part finales, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Release date: November 21, 2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Release date: November 20, 2015).
It makes a lot of sense both financially and creatively to keep Lawrence in charge and not incur the extra cost of bringing another director up to speed on the project, not to mention maintaining a cohesive vision for the franchise. Imagine the difference if The Dark Knight Rises had been directed by someone other than Christopher Nolan.
So for the next three years Lawrence and crew will be eating, drinking, and breathing The Hunger Games franchise. It’s a pretty big job and there will be a lot of juggling of deadlines and duties to not only finish production on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but also start production on the first Mockingjay movie. Hopefully by the time it’s time to do it all over again between the two Mockingjay movies, Lawrence and crew will have the process down pat.
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With the second film installment in the wildly popular Hunger Games series underway, the studio is looking to move quickly toward getting the third flick, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ready to go. The goal is to release the movies one every year so they’ve got to stay on top of things. The last book will be made into two films and it looks like Danny Strong has been hired on to write the screen adaptation.
Most may not know Strong’s name (I had to Google the guy myself) and the obscurity is even more pronounced when it comes to his resume of scriptwriting. His credits are mostly acting, but the move to writing recently gained him two Emmys, so he can’t be all bad, right? Fans will just have to wait and see what he does with it and cross their fingers that he remains true to the story.
If everything goes according to plan, the first part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will release on November 21, 2014 with the second installment coming November 20, 2015.
Thanks to /film for helping us spread the news.