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Not that this needs to be something to really look forward to or dread just yet, but as most everyone knows Francis Lawrence is currently in production on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and the news today is that Lionsgate has already decided to give the directing gig for Parts 1 and 2 of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY to him as well. The news is a bit strange to me as since we have yet to see just how well Lawrence will do with CATCHING FIRE. It would appear the studio has great confidence in the director’s work so far so maybe that’s a sign we should be pretty excited for the sequel to the juggernaut that was the first HUNGER GAMES.
I really enjoyed the first film and Suzanne Collins’ second book in the trilogy happens to be my personal favorite so I anxiously await the film adaptation, but I’ve expressed my concerns with Lawrence at the helm after my disappointment with I AM LEGEND. Lawrence did however stage a visually striking film with the Will Smith headlined I AM LEGEND- my disappointment came in with the horrible CGI when it came to the “vampires/infected” people in the film. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE hits theaters November 22, 2013 while THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 & 2 are scheduled for release November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 respectively.
What do you think of Francis Lawrence staying on board to direct all remaining HUNGER GAMES sequels?
Just when you thought we were close to being free from the clutches of TWILIGHT’s soul sucking void of charisma that is Robert Pattinson’s sparkling alter ego Edward Cullen. The actor today is being rumored to join the cast of the highly anticipated sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE. The sequel is well over a year away and currently has a release window of November 2013 and has also just switched directing hands from Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence. Just who is Pattinson slated to play in the sequel? The character would be none other than Finnick, just one of the many potential tributes to participate in the games that take place in the sequel and a character that is obnoxiously confident. In my opinion these are traits that Pattinson does not seem capable of portraying- even removed from the soap opera that is TWILIGHT I just don’t think his look fits what I pictured for the character of Finnick let alone just about anyone other character that appears in the final two books.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will obviously be returning as will just about every other major actor from the first film- unless Lionsgate and company pull a major IRON MAN 2 bait and switch on us. I’m hoping the casting does not come to fruition, but if it does I will do my best to remain optimistic about the project even if the fact that I AM LEGEND director has signed on to take Ross’ place at the helm. I’m just hoping Lawrence doesn’t replace every actor with horrible CGI stand ins and completely abandon all the good will that the first film has created for the franchise.
Via: Total Film
If you’re one of the die hard hunger games scratching at your arms waiting for information regarding when you can have your fix of THE HUNGER GAMES in your own home, then we have good news. The year’s first blockbuster has been raking in large amounts of cash until THE AVENGERS came in and bullied it out of its perch at the top of 2012′s box office elite. EW broke the news that fans will be able to get their hands on their very own copy of THE HUNGER GAMES at 12:01 a.m. on August 18, 2012. You read it right, you can watch Peeta pine for Katniss this August with a Saturday release- just as TWILIGHT fans have been able to do with each of their perspective DVD/Blu-Ray releases.
Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and head on over to EW to watch the official trailer for The DVD/Blu-Ray release. There you can also check out details on the extras that will be featured on the discs which includes over 3 hours of bonus material. Hopefully this will be enough to tide fans over as they wait anxiously for the November 2013 release window for CATCHING FIRE.
Via: Entertainment Weekly
After waiting patiently for months upon months the day is rapidly approaching that fans of Suzanne Collins’ young adult book series The Hunger Games have been waiting for. It seems that a full fledged embargo has eased and over at /Film a single word was used to describe the film with a full review on its way. You might be wondering what word was used to describe THE HUNGER GAMES? Well the one word review was simpleton:
Germain Lussier is a writer for /Film that expanded a little further by saying fans will want to see CATCHING FIRE the second HUNGER GAMES is over and that director Gary Ross “knocked it out of the park.” You can click on over to /Film to read more including an interview that brings to question rather or not the third film, MOCKINGJAY, will be split into two movies such as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATLHY GALLOWS or TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN.
It’s somewhat of a relief to see a good opinion coming out this early from someone not involved with the filming or the book series. Suzanne Collins weighed in with her opinion which was unsurprisingly positive, but it’s easy to write something like that off as “Well what else is she going to say?” Obviously the author coming out and trashing the film before its release could have had its consequences so seeing her praise it before anyone else had seen it was sketchy, but a second perspective gives a little more credit to Collins’ remarks even though I will still have to see it for myself in order to really buy into it.
THE HUNGER GAMES hits theaters on March 23, 2012.