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The Hunger Games sequel already has a release date

08.08.2011

The first movie based on Suzanne Collins' THE HUNGER GAMES books won't hit theaters until next March, but considering the popularity of the novels, it's already poised for blockbuster status with its target demographic and probably beyond.

Lionsgate is certainly prepared for that, already planning a release date for the sequel CATCHING FIRE -- the studio has staked out November 22, 2013 for the second chapter of Katniss Everdeen's post-apocalyptic survival tale.

A cornucopia for Thanksgiving weekend does seem fitting. Even it it's filled with deadly weaponry (which might actually come in handy for some of your family gatherings).

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross (although his return for the sequel has not been announced) and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Lenny Kravitz.

The synopsis: ""Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."

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Extra Tidbit: As is the popular adaptation method these days, the last book MOCKINGJAY will be split into two movies.
Source: Lionsgate

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9:17AM on 08/10/2011

The Hunger games

I want to see that film http://t.co/6ubV0Ow
I want to see that film http://t.co/6ubV0Ow
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7:11PM on 08/09/2011
Love the books and cant wait for the movies. Think that if they do the action in the fourth movie properly, it will be better than the end of Mockingjay. She needed more pages for those cool action sequences.
Love the books and cant wait for the movies. Think that if they do the action in the fourth movie properly, it will be better than the end of Mockingjay. She needed more pages for those cool action sequences.
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12:34PM on 08/09/2011
What Hollywood doesn't understand is a successful book series doesn't mean a successful movie franchise. Have you heard The Golden Compass, Eragon, Inkheart, The Dark is Rising? How about their sequels? Yeah, that's my point.
What Hollywood doesn't understand is a successful book series doesn't mean a successful movie franchise. Have you heard The Golden Compass, Eragon, Inkheart, The Dark is Rising? How about their sequels? Yeah, that's my point.
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8:00AM on 08/09/2011
I've read the first two, just got hold of the last one - they're good fun, worth a read, definitely keep you interested (polished the first one off in a day).

Think they could possibly make a good movie out of it.

Not been keeping up with the casting on this, so Woody Harrelson is news to me - without checking IMDB, he's gotta be Haymitch, right?? And Tucci could only be the dress designer of course... Good casting!
I've read the first two, just got hold of the last one - they're good fun, worth a read, definitely keep you interested (polished the first one off in a day).

Think they could possibly make a good movie out of it.

Not been keeping up with the casting on this, so Woody Harrelson is news to me - without checking IMDB, he's gotta be Haymitch, right?? And Tucci could only be the dress designer of course... Good casting!
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10:38AM on 08/09/2011
Gucci is ceaser flickerman, Lenny kravitz is cinna
Gucci is ceaser flickerman, Lenny kravitz is cinna
2:39AM on 08/09/2011

Couple of things . . .

1. Wow, they gave the article to someone who actually read the books and doesn't make snarky comments on the casting process. Good on you guys!

2. I hope they can make quality films with deadlines looming. I have faith in Gary Ross though.
1. Wow, they gave the article to someone who actually read the books and doesn't make snarky comments on the casting process. Good on you guys!

2. I hope they can make quality films with deadlines looming. I have faith in Gary Ross though.
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1:55AM on 08/09/2011
I don't really have an opinion on the film, but that is the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Seems like they're just asking for trouble.
I don't really have an opinion on the film, but that is the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Seems like they're just asking for trouble.
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10:50PM on 08/08/2011
I haven't read the books but based off of the synopsis and the talented cast, I hope this is a franchise that is successful and takes off with many sequels.
I haven't read the books but based off of the synopsis and the talented cast, I hope this is a franchise that is successful and takes off with many sequels.
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2:40AM on 08/09/2011
I hope they don't try to extend it past the natural length of the story, though. Ya know?
I hope they don't try to extend it past the natural length of the story, though. Ya know?
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