'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Fire' Set for 2013, Two Marvel Films for 2014
May the odds be ever in Lionsgate's favor. The studio has officially announced a November 22nd, 2013, Thanksgiving weekend release date for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, an adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins' series about the annual death match Hunger Games in Panem. The first film is already shooting now with Gary Ross directing a cast including Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson - some new photos here. That's set for release March 23rd, 2012 next year. Marvel also just scheduled two of their new unmanned films.
In Deadline's update on the release news, including Catching Fire, they mention that Disney has scheduled two upcoming Marvel movies, unnamed ones, for release way out in 2014. The first one is set for May 15, 2014, early in the summer, and the other for June 27, 2014. Both unspecified. They've also scheduled an unnamed Pixar movie for May 30, 2014, an untitled 3D film by Henry Selick for October 4, 2013, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton for August 15, 2012 as well. Quite a few untitled, but those Marvel ones are interesting. Early predictions are a Dr. Strange movie and maybe a Captain America sequel (or otherwise), since Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 are already set for 2013.
It's interesting to watch the studios schedule releases like this so far out. Last week we saw them set The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for May 2nd, 2014 and Thor 2 was also recently set as well, but that just got a new director. Though in regards to The Hunger Games, I'm honestly not sure how well that will perform, even though it's adapted from a popular series, we have yet to see a trailer or much else. It looks like Lionsgate is confident though, and the sequel will be coming anyway. Is anyone already excited for these sequels?