The Quarter Quell is nearly upon us, and to herald its arrival there have been some pretty fantastic posters unveiled for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In addition to character posters for each of the individual Tributes, who this time around have been selected from a pool of past victors, there is also a pretty inspirational poster showing Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) standing on a mountaintop framed by a set of Mockingjay wings in the clouds.
Some of the best movie posters in recent years, however, have been specially commissioned for IMAX releases, and have featured work by a range of different professional artists. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Star Trek Into Darkness and Skyfall, among others, all got the IMAX poster treatment and the latest design for Catching Fire is stunningly detailed.
The poster debuted over at Badass Digest and is done in the Baroque style, inspired by the work of Kris Kuksi. Unfortunately there's no information as to which particular artist is responsible for this one (if anyone knows then please tell us in the comments), but whoever is responsible for it should be applauded. There's so much detail here that it's possible to see something new each time you look at it, and it really captures the gladiatorial narrative at the centre of the Hunger Games trilogy.
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Opulence is the watchword of the Capitol, where the wealthiest in Panem reside, and Catching Fire is definitely no stranger to expense. The sequel was originally supposed to have a budget of just $78 million, the same as the first movie, but THR reports that over the course of production costs rose to over $130 million. Yikes - that's almost enough to cover Katniss' hair and make-up budget for the victory tour.
There are multiple different factors which ran up the costs, not the least of which was star Lawrence. No longer a newcomer, Lawrence was paid $10 million to star in Catching Fire - a big step up from the paltry $500,000 (plus box office bonuses) she was paid for The Hunger Games. Another $10 million was spent ramping up the visual effects to meet the sequel's requirements, and director Francis Lawrence extended the shooting schedule from 84 days to 89 days (on a film of this scale, every extra day is a massive expense).
The decision to shell out an extra $52 million for Catching Fire speaks to Lionsgate's confident about the film's potential success, and it's more or less warranted. Last year The Hunger Games made over $691 million at the worldwide box office, meaning that Catching Fire could make no money at all and the series so far would still be profitable. We're guessing that Catching Fire is probably going to sell at least a few tickets, though.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out in theaters on November 22nd, 2013.