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Two-Part 'Hunger Games' Finale 'Mockingjay' Gets Release Dates

By: Sean OConnell on July 10, 2012 at 3:00PM Comments (10)

Taking a page out of The Twilight Saga playbook (which actually took a page out of the Harry Potter playbook), Lionsgate today announced plans to break the film adaptation of the third The Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, into two movies.  In doing so, Lionsgate ensures that it will have Hunger Games sequels in theaters through 2015. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will open worldwide Nov. 21, 2014 (or one year after Catching Fire). The series finale will reach theaters on Nov. 20, 2015.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now owns all of your Thanksgivings.

It wasn’t specified in the Deadline story whether Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will stay on to helm the two-part Mockingjay, or if – like Twilight – a new visionary will be tapped to conclude the series (as Bill Condon is doing with Breaking Dawn). It’s all but certain that Catching Fire, which opens on Nov. 22, 2013, will perform well at the box office. And so long as fans don’t mind, Lionsgate just doubled the profit it expected to bring in on Mockingjay had that chapter in the literary trilogy been contained to one film.  

What do you think, Hunger Games fans? Are you upset that you have to wait until 2015 for the film franchise’s conclusion? Does it bother you that, as with Potter and Twilight, you have to fork over twice as much to see one book adapted? Or are you happy to know that you’ll have Hunger Games movies to look forward to from now through 2015? And where should they break the first Mockingjay off, teasing a solid second half that will get fans back in theaters for the stunning conclusion? Let us know. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  • Jul 11th 2012 7:52PM

    frogjunk65  said...

    That's the problem with Hollywood. They started releasing 1 book into 2 movies. Now people are reading books and thinking this would be a good idea?! Harry Potter and Twilight Pt. 1's we're bore fests. Now people want to encourage Hollywood to continue this practice. I would rather sit and watch a whole film (even if it we're 3-4 hours long) than split them up.

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  • Jul 11th 2012 6:06PM

    Otaku  said...

    Ironic how these films will release around Thanksgiving when they're about using hunger to exploit others!

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  • Jul 11th 2012 12:13PM

    That_Guy_Who_Loves-Movies  said...

    okay this is just absurd. Now I get the company wants to get as much bang for its buck as it can but a 2 part finale does not work for this book because it's not that long of a book. With something like Harry Potter Book 7 it worked the book was huge, but with the hunger games trilogy none of them are actually that long, so splitting it up is only about money. That's annoying for me at least.

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  • Jul 11th 2012 12:13PM

    That_Guy_Who_Loves-Movies  said...

    okay this is just absurd. Now I get the company wants to get as much bang for its buck as it can but a 2 part finale does not work for this book because it's not that long of a book. With something like Harry Potter Book 7 it worked the book was huge, but with the hunger games trilogy none of them are actually that long, so splitting it up is only about money. That's annoying for me at least.

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  • Jul 11th 2012 6:34AM

    lesauce  said...

    SPOILER: I envisioned the split when Peeta tries to kill Katniss when he is rescued

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  • Jul 10th 2012 9:28PM

    ryan.grumble10  said...

    SPOILER: I always saw the split at the moment Peeta steps off the train in the capital to replace one of Katniss' team members

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  • Jul 10th 2012 5:29PM

    movieman9278  said...

    Smart to break up the third one into two movies. It worked with harry potter we'll see if it worked for twilight so it should work. If i had it my way I would've split the SECOND AND third book into two movies each just 'cause I've read all the books and just, to me, the second book has alot of important content to get through and I don't know if they could do that in one movie. just sayin.

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  • Jul 10th 2012 5:24PM

    maddniss  said...

    *SPOILERS* DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED MOCKINGJAY I think they should split it either when: Peeta returns from the Capitol and first sees Katniss again (what a romantic reunion - not) OR when Katniss is in District 2 and she gets "shot." Either way would be an intense cliff-hanger ending that would guarantee people flocking to the epic finale (as if they wouldn't be already.)

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  • Jul 10th 2012 5:32PM

    movieman9278  said...

    SPOILER:I agree with that the movies should be split at the part where katniss gets shot. When I read the book that's exactly what I had envisioned in my head and I think it would be wise for the producers to go that way. Cause like you said that will cause everyone to flock to the theaters maybe even more.

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  • Jul 10th 2012 6:37PM

    maddniss  said...

    Now all we need is the producers to listen to us. Hahaha :)

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