'The Hunger Games' Book Trilogy Will Probably Become Four Movies
Though on the surface it's definitely an attempt to suck more money out of a successful franchise, there's no doubt fans are pleased with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being split into two parts for the epic finale of the fantasy epic. Of course, The Twilight Saga followed suit by splitting Breaking Dawn into two films, and now another high profile adaptation may end up planning ahead to do the same. In a recent Deadline article about the promising future for Lionsgate's adaptation of The Hunger Games, the studio apparently told Wall Street analysts to expect four films from Suzanne Collins' bestselling book trilogy.
Lionsgate is quite confident in the adaptation turning a big profit for a couple reasons. First, apparently COO Joe Drake said it was "the highest selling film we've ever had" at the Cannes Film Festival and that overseas exhibitors consider it "the movie that can change their company." In addition, the studio purchased the rights to the book series before it became extremely popular, and "retained the majority of the upside" in their deals with the actors and actresses in the film as well as distribution. So even if by some turn of events, the films don't make huge bank at the box office, there's a good chance they'll still turn a profit and the sequels won't be far behind. Of course, production has only just begun on the first film, and anything can happen with the sequels. Any Hunger Games fans care to weigh in on this?