'Hunger Games' Final Chapter 'Mockingjay' Officially Gets Two Films

July 10, 2012
Source: Deadline


Since over a year ago, there have been rumors that Lionsgate was looking to split the final chapter of The Hunger Games series, the third book titled Mockingjay, into two films, much like their sister company Summit did with Twilight: Breaking Dawn and Warner Bros. did with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now the split seems official as Deadline now has release dates for the two-part finale. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I will hit on November 21st, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II will arrive a year later on November 20th, 2015. My thoughts on the split below.

A whole year between the finale seems pretty brutal, but that's exactly what Twilight fans have had to deal with between the Breaking Dawn films. I would prefer a six month wait between them like The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but I think there's a bigger problem here. Honestly, Mockingjay is not a book that needs to be split into two films. Without spoiling anything, it has some slow parts that actually make it rather dull in comparison to Catching Fire, and that's actually the sequel that would benefit more from being split into two films. Of course, the story in the final book does have an easy split point with a huge cliffhanger that would put audiences who haven't read the book into a frenzy.

Either way, the studio as clearly made its decision, and Mockingjay is coming in two parts whether we like it or not. In the meantime, audiences can get excited for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment which brings back original cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Lenny Kravitz. In addition, they have all been joined by new cast members Jena Malone as Johanna Mason and Philip Seymour Hoffman as new gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. The sequel arrives November 22nd, 2013.

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They could cut into Catching Fire to make that movie a cliffhanger and give them more material to work with for the final two movies. Personally, I'd rather see them tackle these books in whole and make two 3-hour movies that just kick ass. The whole splitting concept is just a cash-grab and it needs to end.

sgdonovan79 on Jul 10, 2012


Read all the books, and I agree. The could pull this off if they do it as sgdonovan79 suggests (and I would). I found all 3 books to be very quick reads, and books 2 and 3 felt like a very long sequel already split up. Considering they should've tacked on the funeral ending from Half-Blood Prince onto Hallows pt1... and didn't, I doubt they'll properly re-work the Hunger Games sequels like they should.

Akirakorn on Jul 11, 2012


Though quick reads, they would be a real pain to film and stuff into individual 2-hour films and, considering people were complaining about the 2 hour 30 minute run time of The Hunger Games, I'm sure they see this as a plausible solution. A stupid plausible solution.

sgdonovan79 on Jul 12, 2012


Mockingjay is awful though lol, so I don't mind the wait

Rick on Jul 10, 2012


Not awful, just really disappointing climaxes... until the very end... which will have a 12-month wait. Which will actually be brutal.

Akirakorn on Jul 11, 2012


Agreed about the disappointing climaxes. More to that, the personality continuity with the characters, especially Katniss, really breaks down badly. Perhaps that will be fixed in post.

sgdonovan79 on Jul 12, 2012


They should have split the first book. It was the only REALLY good one of the bunch.

ccoltmanm on Jul 10, 2012


True, however it was the shortest (content wise) of the bunch. There is a lot more going on in the 2nd and 3rd book (although #3 drags like a queen).

Akirakorn on Jul 11, 2012


Of course. Why wouldnt they? :l

LosZombies on Jul 11, 2012


The book is only 260 something pages. I see this is the new trend in hollywood. So sad. The Hunger Games : Catching Fire : The Grab for Cash

Jeff Metzger on Jul 11, 2012


Personally, I don't care. It could work (in terms of quality, not just box-office), look at HP or The Hobbit (ok, it's not yet released but it looks stunning so far). But then again, we have Twilight... They could improvise and bring something new to the table to make up for the thin book. Just saying, it is an option.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jul 11, 2012


It was okay with HP because they literally had to much to fit in without it being a four hour film. Not as the second film in a series!

geoffcbassett on Jul 11, 2012

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