Philip Seymour Hoffman almost completed filming for final Hunger Games films
As the movie world continues to contend with the shocking passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday, his remaining projects need to be addressed by those involved in their creation. While the family and friends of Hoffman certainly have numerous other things on their mind aside from movies right now, producers for his various films need to make decisions on what to do next.
Two completed films, A MOST WANTED MAN and GOD'S POCKET, both have distribution deals with Roadside and IFC, respectively. A MOST WANTED MAN is scheduled to hit theaters in August while IFC has not made final plans for GOD'S POCKET. Hoffman's Showtime series HAPPYISH will likely not air and his next directorial effort, EZEKIEL MOSS, will be put on hold until producers can decide what to do next.
Hoffman's largest project still out there is THE HUNGER GAMES. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY (PART 1) is slated for release on November 21, 2014 and Hoffman had almost finished shooting his scenes for both parts of the movie. Variety reports that Hoffman had just about seven days of shooting left on the film and, while his character is important to the plot, enough of his scenes were filmed so as to not require any significant rewrites. No release delays are planned. Lionsgate issued this statement:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Unlike FAST AND FURIOUS 7 losing Paul Walker, Hoffman's role in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY (PART 1) is not primary to the story in that they cannot work around his untimely passing. If anything, those who loved and respected Philip Seymour Hoffman have three projects left graced by his talent that can be enjoyed for years to come.