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Lionsgate Picks 'Hunger Games' Sequel Release Dates

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2012 at 6:47PM

Not wasting any time, Lionsgate is pushing forward with three sequels to "Hunger Games," which has already grossed more than $400 million domestically, much as its new motion picture chiefs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger did at Summit with the "Twilight" series. They're even splitting the finale into two parts, "Twlight"-style.
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Not wasting any time, Lionsgate is pushing forward with three sequels to "Hunger Games," which has already grossed more than $400 million domesticaly, much as its new motion picture chiefs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger did at Summit with the "Twilight" series. They're even splitting the finale into two parts, "Twlight"-style.

"Catching Fire," which starts filming in September with star Jennifer Lawrence and "Water for Elephants" director Frances Lawrence (no relation) at the helm, is set for release on November 22, 2013, followed by annual installments of the third book in the trilogy, split in two, "Mockinjay" 1 and 2, set for November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015. You can't book these prime weekends too early.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.