‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Officially Split into 2 Movies

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Reports indicating that Lionsgate wants to split the final Hunger Games novel, Mockingjay, into two movies leaked out nearly a year ago.

Per usual, we’re just now getting studio confirmation that the Hunger Games movie franchise will follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter and Twilight series (in that regard).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21st, 2014, nearly a year to the date after the second installment, Catching Fire, is released – and, about a year before Mockingjay Part 2 swoops into theaters on November 20th, 2015.

Production on Catching Fire begins this September, with series newcomers Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman joining the Hunger Games cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will be holding the directorial reins, and is going to shoot a portion of the Hunger Games sequel in IMAX.

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Most people seem to agree that the final Harry Potter book, Deathly Hallows, benefitted from not being chopped down to fit a single 2-3 hour movie. However, the general feeling is that the last Twilight novel, Breaking Dawn, could’ve easily been encapsulated in a single film – and have turned out better for it (we’re talking from an artistic perspective, not a financial one, obviously).

Without spoiling anything: Mockingjay meets the two somewhere in the middle, as its narrative is heftier than that of Breaking Dawn, but not so dense as Deathly Hallows. Suzanne Collins’ climactic Hunger Games novel lends itself to a visual medium, being the most action-heavy chapter in the trilogy. Whether or not that justifies stretching the material to cover two films – that’s up for debate.

Let us know your own thoughts about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay being split into two movies (good/bad news?) in the comments section.

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  1. I can’t see how the book can be stretched to cover two movies. Definately the weakest book of the series.

    • I absolutely agree. The 3rd book was painful, to say the least. Unless they significantly rewrite it, It’s going to be a horrible movie. Much less 2 of them…….

  2. I’ve read all the books and the third defiantly needs to be put into 2 movies. It has so much drama and action that can not be fit into one.

    • No it does not need two film. so much action and drama in a small book like mockingjay is still okay for one film. this book splitting is just a lame copycat of breaking dawn and the last potter book.

      • i think its awesome that they are making mockingjay into 2 parts, but on the other hand its weird how they made catching fire & the hunger games into a whole movie but i still cant wait when mockingjay comes out!!!!! BIG HUNGER GAMES FAN!!!!

  3. why they cut them into two movies ? why they didn’t make the whole thing in just one movie ? I had read the book and it’s not that long. so , there’s no reason to cut it though.

  4. I read all 3 books,and it was excellent.
    You could divide into 2 movies,esp.when Katniss goes after president Snow.
    But if it’s to long,then the audience gets bored.
    Keep the action :-) going,and it will be great.
    I can’t wait to see it.
    And Jennifer Lawrence is AMAZING.

  5. Definitely two movies! Nobody wants the series to end!It would give me more to look forward to! Plus there is so much detail that can be put into the two movies that The Hunger Games & Catching Fire clearly lacked.

  6. Why? So you’ll pay for two movies naturally! A pretty simple case of Hollywood greed. I hope this will not become the trend… but it certainly seems to be heading that way.

  7. well I personally think it should be one movie. Listen why. people wants to have a good time watching it, I didn’t like and a lot of people didn’t like the ending in the second one of the hobbit. The movie was great until the ending. people actually cursed the movie after the ending. and also at the second hunger games. sorry! I really want to help you guys. I don’t want to let the same thing happen. for more details please e-mail me at charlvanniekerk3@gmail.com

  8. I think that it should be split into two movies, even though I’m already dying to see it!!!
    There’s just so much action and so much that goes on in the last book… I think that splitting Mockingjay into two movies would be an excellent choice!
    I mean look at what they left out of the first movie…
    The Hunger Games was an action packed movie too, but they also left a lot of stuff out of that movie and some of the stuff was very important…. Like the Mokingjaypinthat Katniss receives did not come from the black markets in the book, it came from the mayors daughter, but yet, they left that part out and replaced it with Katniss receiving the pin from a lady at the black markets.
    If you look, they have actually taken a lot of stuff that’s in the book out of the movies!!! Which is not very cool!
    I mean they left several scenes, that were in the book, out of “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”….
    So I think that it a great idea to make “Mockingjay” into two movies!!

  9. It has to be done in 2 movies.
    A lot of detail could be put into it.

  10. Please don’t put it into 2 parts that would not be good for most of the hunger games lovers like me but I read the book and I think there is a lot of drama and I would like it to be into one movie please it would make lot of your fans happy and I would be waiting for the movie into one full movie and if you ignore me and put it in to 2 parts anyway please don’t it so far apart keep the part 1 the same date and then put part 2 in December 2014 doesn’t matter what day so yea thank and please suggest what about one full movie ok bye

  11. spliting the hunger games into two films is good because it will be betterif you leave the audience on a cliff hanger

  12. There is a lot going on in the book and I think there is nothing wrong with splitting it into two movies because I love the hunger games and especially katniss. Anyway two movies is better than one.

  13. Movie will be great no matter if its in two parts ! My question tho is who will be replacing the most fabulous Philip Seymour Hoffman since he has passed ! He was a great actor that came on for the second installment!

  14. just means i’ll wait to see both in 2015. stupid to split up the story, may just wait till both are on DVD/BluRay so that i can see both together.

  15. Oh come it obviously isn’t being split to fit the story in, it’s being split because 2 films= more money and the franchise won’t die out so quickly.

  16. 3rd book was pretty terrible. Just a money grab by the studio nothing more.

  17. I think it’s cool because if you haven’t read the books yet or really even if you have when you make parts out of a movie they cut it off at a very ex citing part and leaves you wondering what will happen next untill the next part comes out like with the hobbit twilight Harry potter andsome others

  18. I think it’s cool because if you haven’t read the books yet or really even if you have when you make parts out of a movie they cut it off at a very ex citing part and leaves you wondering what will happen next untill the next part comes out like with the hobbit twilight Harry potter and some others

  19. People wonder why they split this movie. It is quite simple: money. The first two were very successful and the studios want to milk it for all it is worth.

  20. i think it’s good idea, but i dont think the part 2 should be split so far apart from the part one at least put it in the same year a lot of the fans dont want to wait almost a whole year to see the part 2.

  21. I don’t like it that the mockingjay is splite into two parts because it makes us wait longer for the next movie. It also makes us have to pay more on going to the movies twice and having to buy to different disks… It makes us pay double the amount we would normally have to pay with just one movie.

  22. I think it’s good that the movie was split up. Now the author has time to write a new ending. Many fans appreciated the talented building of characters and storyline in this series, and felt unsatisfied by the lack of an ending. It seems the author was put on a deadline to finish. The end did not seem good enough for her artfulness.

  23. After reading part I of Mockingjay, I am extremely curious to see where and how they will cut the book into two movies. As it stands right now, I am not sure that part I by itself will make a great movie. I guess we will have to wait and see what they do with it!

  24. I have no problem at splitting up the last book but I don’t think the Mockingjay part 2 needs to be a year latter. 6 months would be enough.

  25. The books and movie are a parody of our world. The people involved are like the people in the capital. It is all about such disgusting greed and selfishness. How many pennies of the billions made have gone to fight hunger and poverty, police killing citizens with impunity and helping the disinfrancised?

  26. I thought it was a good idea because I think the director was trying to get you on the edge of your seat. That will prpdaly make you pumped for mockingjay part2.

  27. Having read the books and viewed the first two movie adaptations, the first felt the right length. The second ended abruptly leaving the patron feeling a bit cheated. I’m tired of being hand fed these split endings…seems obvious that there’s a lot of money to be made using this approach. I for one do not plan to contribute to the silliness. I managed to forgo the other popular splits. Hopefully if others feel this way it will make a statement. Make quality films without stringing along the consumer!

  28. I’m tired of being hand fed these split endings…obvious that there’s a lot of money to be made. I for one do not plan to contribute to the silliness hope to make a statement. Make quality films without stringing along the consumer!

  29. On that note I also think that they skipped a lot of meaningful content in the hunger games movies sorry to disappoint you but the mockingjay is the same regardless being split into two movies they skipped a lot of stuff that pissed me off anyway don’t get you’re hopes up. PS I have read each book at least ten times n that might be why my judgment is so harsh if you like the movie then kudos to you if u don’t you can understand why it irritated me