Francis Lawrence Plans Some IMAX for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
Following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird, director Francis Lawrence is planning to utilize the big big screen for the anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. THR reports Lawrence will use IMAX cameras to shoot some scenes in the second installment of the film franchise based on the bestselling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. After the film made an impressive but limited IMAX run in March, and a return in April, it's no surprise Lionsgate wants to take full advantage this time, and shooting in the large format is a way to guarantee people see it in IMAX and get their money's worth.
IMAX is a format that needs to be utilized more often as the giagantic screen allows for rich, magnificent images, especially when it comes to films with photogenic settings. The Dark Knight and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol successfully used the large format film to impress audiences with great cinematography, so it's good to hear that Lawrence is following in the footsteps of those films' directors to wow audiences when the film hits theaters on November 22nd, 2013. Knowing the kind of action that's in store for the sequel (as a fan of the books), shooting IMAX is a phenomenal idea.
The sequel sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) returning to The Hunger Games arena yet again for the Third Quarter Quell, the 75th anniversary of the brutal contest. But this time they're sent into the arena with double the tributes, which are also composed of surviving victors from the previous Hunger Games. Right now original cast members are already slated to return, but new characters are still waiting to be cast. Rumors have been circulating about who will play tribute Finnick Odair, a fan favorite, but those have been said to be false and not solid candidates. Meanwhile, Lionsgate has offered a crucial role to Philip Seymour Hoffman, but it's unclear whether he'll accept. For now, stay tuned for our continued coverage of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Excited?