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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Gets Split, Will Hit Theaters On November 21, 2014 & November 20, 2015

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 10, 2012 4:11 PM
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Mockingjay

Once you train an audience like seals to spend more, they'll keep coming. At least that's what Hollywood thinks as the trend of stretching out franchise finales continues. With Warner Bros. and Lionsgate respectively raking in dough by splitting "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" into two-parters, the latter studio is going to continue that trend with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay."

Lionsgate announced that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" will be released one year apart, on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015. This pretty much ensures Jennifer Lawrence's calendar will be filled for the foreseeable future as she hangs around the Capitol, but perhaps more importantly for Lionsgate, it keeps their money train rolling for the next three years. It will be interesting to see just how they split the final book -- which is frankly not any longer than "The Hunger Games" or "Catching Fire" -- without turning it into a dragged out snorefest, something that even some Twihards admitted hampered 'Breaking Dawn' and its lethargic, non-event Part 1. It's a pretty callous emerging trend on behalf of studios and we wonder when audiences will revolt, but once they are invested into a story, it will be hard for them to break away. At any rate, it's all about the C.R.E.A.M.

Meanwhile, in far less important news, DreamWorks has stamped a February 7, 2014 date for "Need For Speed." The film is based off the car racing video game of the same name and will be directed with nuance and wit by "Act Of Valor" helmer Scott Waugh into what the studio hopes will be a "Fast & Furious" style franchise. Good luck to them. [Deadline]

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8 Comments

  • Oogle monster | July 10, 2012 10:13 PMReply

    That's a shame... mostly b/c Lawrence won't be able to make too many movies between filming these two.

  • cinematic_high | July 10, 2012 8:21 PMReply

    Lionsgate trying to make those Summit movies.....pathetic

  • cinematic_high | July 10, 2012 8:22 PM

    "Moves"......my mistake, y'all

  • Athena | July 10, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    Olivia?...Oliviaaaa!!....please stop shouting dear. Calm down. Anyway, I loved the series and yeah, actually, it makes sense to split the films in two; there is actually a lot of ground to cover in Mockingjay...you know-a revolution and all. I'm very curious to see how it's pulled off and I'm looking forward to it.

  • Olivia | July 10, 2012 4:40 PMReply

    THIS IS THE WORST BOOK IN THE SERIES NOTHING HAPPENS FOR LIKE HALF THE BOOK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO CUT DOWN ON ALL THE NOTHING THAT HAPPENS IF THEY WANTED TO SPLIT ONE OF THE BOOKS INTO TWO FILMS WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE DONE IT TO CATCHING FIRE

  • Chase | July 10, 2012 9:20 PM

    Kanye? Is that you?

  • Olivia | July 10, 2012 4:39 PMReply

    WHY

  • d | July 10, 2012 5:00 PM

    Money.

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