June 2nd, 2011
05:23 PM ET
There's been crazy anticipation for all things “The Hunger Games” ahead of the movie’s 2012 release, and the film’s studio Lionsgate is trying to maintain that buzz for as long as possible.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio is planning to make the “Hunger Games” trilogy into four movies, not unlike the extension the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” books have received on screen.
Penned by Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games" trilogy tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old in a post-apocalyptic world where kids are forced to participate in brutal televised battles.
As Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during an analysts call on Wednesday, "The property is generating tremendous buzz and excitement, and it all points to a major Lionsgate franchise in the making.”
That sounds promising, but Entertainment Weekly notes that the focus is still on how well the first film performs when it arrives next March. But if you want to play along with the idea that there could potentially be four movies in a “Hunger Games” franchise, EW votes for trying to stretch the second book, “Catching Fire,” into two. What say you?
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