Everyone was expecting the film adaptation of The Hunger Games – based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult novel – to draw large crowds to theaters, but few expected the film to make $687 million worldwide.
Of course, now all eyes are on its upcoming sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently shooting. The film will follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they return home as victors, only to find themselves once again swept up in Panem's annual fight to the death.
Courtesy of Splash News, we have a video slideshow with photos straight from the set of Catching Fire in Hawaii. They feature Lawrence, Hutcherson, Lynn Cohen (as Mags), and Sam Claflin (as Finnick) clad in wetsuits. The scene being filmed looks to be the moment when the tributes are launched onto the Quarter Quell arena and Katniss's subsequent retrieval of her prized bow and arrow.
Check it out below:
We recently received confirmation that director Francis Lawrence is filming the arena scenes of Catching Fire in IMAX, and these photos mark our first real look at that section of the film. While it's difficult to discern if Lawrence's take will capture the majesty and scope of the new and improved arena itself, it does offer a glimpse at the new costumes the tributes will wear.
The new outfits - while certainly not as flashy as one of Katniss's Capitol dresses - fits nicely alongside the ensemble she wore in the first film. The idea here, of course, is for the tributes' clothing to reflect the nature of the arena itself and to serve as a demonstration of practicality over fashion. In this instance, it appears that the film is on the right track.
However, it's far too early to tell whether Lawrence can build upon the aesthetic that director Gary Ross established in the first film and satisfy the many fans of the book series.
Do the set photos look like a strong translation of Collins' text, Screen Rant readers? Or do you think Catching Fire will fail to live up to the hype created by the record-breaking original film? Let us know in the comments.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22nd, 2013. Its sequels - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 - will be released on November 21st, 2014 and November 20th, 2015, respectively.