New ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con 2013

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Lionsgate featured The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the studio’s 2013 Comic-Con panel, where it premiered a new trailer for the hotly-anticipated sequel (no pun intended). Director Francis Lawrence took the stage to introduce the new footage at the ‘Con, accompanied by cast members Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and the Hunger Games franchise’s starlet: Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Catching Fire picks up not so long after the first film, as the newly-crowned Hunger Games “winners” – Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) – struggle with post-traumatic stress, as a result of what happened to them in the Battle Arena. The pair must now keep up the illusion of being a couple, in order to please the Capitol as they embark upon a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.

However, it turns out that the duo are but lambs being prepped for the slaughter, thanks to the scheme cooked up by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the newly-instated Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), in order to smother the growing rebellion around Panem: use theĀ 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) to wipe out all of the previous Hunger Games champions, as a symbolic gesture to keep the poorer districts in line.

hunger games catching fire trailer New Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer Debuts at Comic Con 2013

Catching Fire looks and feels much bigger than its predecessor; not just in terms of the stakes, but also because the film was partially shot in the IMAX format (as you may’ve noticed, certain shots in the new trailer have a different aspect ratio). From a pure action-filmmaking perspective, Lawrence appears to have done a nice job making everything that happens in the Hunger Games universe feel larger and more majestic in the sequel, when compared to the more intimate style of the first movie (which befit the story it was telling).

Oscar-winning screenwriters Michael Arndt (Oblivion) – who is credited as Michael DeBruyn – and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) co-wrote Catching Fire, based on Suzanne Collins’ source novel. The dialogue and story choices presented in the trailers so far seem rock-solid, which hopefully means that the film adaptation will be just as good (if not better) than the book which inspired it.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in regular and select IMAX theaters on November 22nd, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Can’t wait for this one, trailer was very good, IMO.

  2. Excited to see those champions fight. Should be interesting.

  3. Please, oh please, let this one be even better than the first one and maybe, just maybe, it’ll evade the Twilight comparisons.

  4. HOly crap! The transition from traditional filming to Imax was cool!

  5. I hope they don’t have that shaky cam again when katniss was running. I gotta say that was so obnoxious.

    • They can’t do shaky cam on this one. All of the arena scenes were shot in native IMAX, so they’re going to be very stable shots.

  6. Looks good, better then the first. I thought that the first one was a little slow. Hopefully this one is a little more action-packed.

  7. Still liked it better when it was called Battle Royal or the Running Man, ether one.

    • Lets not act like other films haven’t used the same premise of another and twisted it

  8. Looks way better than the first. I don’t know the proper terminology to use to describe it, but this looks beautiful compared to the first one.

    • Changed directors, Gary Ross who did the first wanted the film to be very minimalistic looking, so it didn’t feel like a “movie” felt like watching the real thing on tape. Francis Lawrence is doing this film, who did I am Legend, water for elephants and numerous music videos, always been known for it great cinematography and ridiculous visuals, the color palette during the games looks insanely colorful and beautiful like you said.

      I’m Happy he did this, because it makes the transition from District 12? to the games even more dramatic and helps fuel the film.

  9. I am WAAAAAAAAY outside the target age bracket for this film, but honestly, I LOVED the first movie and am very much looking forward to the second.

    But.. am I the only one who winces when the “whistle tune” plays? I can’t help it, all I hear is the love theme from the 1968 Zeffirelli film “Romeo and Juliette”.

    • Ha, ha. No. You’re not the only one. Of course, I’m way outside the target demographic, too.

  10. Battle royale was just a rip off of running man, which was a rip off of lord of the flies. I’m such a snob, aren’t I? Hunger games is a great story, the first was good, and this one looks even better.

  11. Looks good, even better than the first imo. By the way any of you guys know what’s the word on who is going to be on this year’s soundtrack?

    • the same person who did the first film’s soundtrack: James Newton Howard.
      all that info is on the films IMDB page.

  12. Just so you know, writing “no pun intended” only calls attention to the pun. In the future, just choose your words more carefully.