Release dates announced for 'Hunger Games' film 'Mockingjay'
July 11th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Release dates announced for 'Hunger Games' film 'Mockingjay'

The "Hunger Games" movie franchise is based on a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, but the film series itself will include four films. Deadline reports that the final book, "Mockingjay," will be split into two parts.

The first part of "Mockingjay" will arrive November 21, 2014, with the fourth and final "Hunger Games" movie slated for November 20, 2015.

"Hunger Games" fans have already made note of the November 22, 2013 release date for the second film in the series, "Catching Fire." It was announced earlier this week that Philip Seymour Hoffman will portray Plutarch Heavensbee in that installment, making him the first new (confirmed) actor to sign up for the franchise, with Jena Malone reportedly circling the role of tribute Johanna Mason.

"The Hunger Games" films also star Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as her fellow competitor/love interest Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as her friend/other potential love interest, Gale Hawthorne.

Entertainment Weekly has some theories on where the final novel's story can be chopped in half, including the point at which District 13 is attacked; and when Peeta's rescued in the Capitol. Where you would break up the story to make two films?

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  1. Karthik

    Hi,Stopping by from Follow Friday and now a new follower (Wonder Woman pic long story). What an awsmoee website you have! Well rounded. How do you find the time? I've got 3 little ones and it's a struggle but fun!!Hope you stop by and visit me,Jinky

    August 14, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. tom

    spoiler alert

    July 13, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Freaktab

    I loved the books and The Hunger Games. My comment is regarding the short article discussing major aspects of Mockingjay and not giving a warning regarding some type of spoiler alert – I agree it would have been appropriate.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayda

      How could it be a spoiler alert? CLEARLY they're referring to at which point in the actual book they can divide it into multiple films. There are no spoiler alerts on movies that are adaptations of books when a great majority of the people in the world who can read, have read the books.

      July 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justsaying

    Do you realize you are talking about a book in which 12 to 18 year old CHILDREN are required to fight each other to the death, with as much blood and gore as possible? What are you parents thinking taking your KIDS to see this movie? A very sad commentary on our society.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kellyinboston

      You obviously haven't read the series. Its absolutely brilliant.

      July 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • warhistory

      The violence was handled very nicely in the first film. There wasn't a ton of blood or gore.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Pooface

      It's not much different than those old books about slavery, penile mutilation, and the slaughter of babies that we teach our children each Sunday.

      July 13, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • mstylefashions

      The series is amazing! And its fiction, not like its really happening, so whats it matter? Collins is amazing!

      July 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justsaying

      Actually I did read all three books and I saw the movie. I am extremly remorse that I spent money supporting this series. The commment, "The violence was handled very nicely in the first film" further supports my statement of what a sad commentary on our society. Do you even hear yourself? You all are saying a book in which children kill each other was "a really good read." So very sad.

      July 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayTaylor

      I beg to differ the series wasn't ABOUT children killing children it was about how the people of our society will follow the government with very little question as long as it means safety for themselves. it can also stand for how america pretends to be all powerful and gracious and benevolent yet the americans demand that everyone bows down to them or else we as a country will invade, oh we'll make it seem like we're helping but in the end we have only invaded while the children of our country kill the children of the other country (kids metaphorically in some cases) that is only one of the things you can take from the hunger games series if you are only looking at the surface of the book, kids killing kids, then you good sir (or ma'am) need to open your mind a bit more, what is written is not always all there is, in most cases words are just a way to soften the image and make it easier to take in. didn't cartoons used to teach us right from wrong how to make these decisions. doesn't propaganda mold our opinion to what they want just like in the books? most people don't question a warning from the government, they don't ask questions when they say someones a terrorist or when they say someone /some country is in the wrong. just like in the books.

      September 11, 2013 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary Bussiere

    Personally I think the first book should of been split in 2 movies... Not the third one.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I totally agree. I loved the books but HATED the movie. I felt like it was a "Cliff Notes" movie. I took a friend to the movie. She hadn't read the books so she didn't understand all of what was going on...they didn't explain anything.

      July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. CosmicC

    Good light summer read. Yes, it's aimed primarily at a younger audience, but that doesn't mean it's not well written. Best of all, it's only 3 books with no reason to add a 4th (I guess Collins didn't buy into Frank Herbert's view that a good trilogy should be at least 4 books long).

    July 12, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. judy

    Dah! This is entertainment for young adults.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • LaLa

      Given that my 10-year-old AND my 72-y.o. MIL read & enjoyed the series, it's not just for YA. Read the books. The trilogy is more than a love triangle. Actually, the love story is minor to everything else – economic imbalance, the cost of revolution & war, PTSD ... it even touches on Shakesperian & Roman gladiator themes.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago7

      Not really. A good story is a good story. I realize that Suzanne Collins wrote the tale to appeal to young people, but like Harry Potter, the books captured the imaginations of people well past retirement age.

      July 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    I don't understand why Mockingjay is being split. Harry Potter needed the split. Mockingjay doesn't.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      It's being split so they can make more money.

      July 12, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • LaLa

      I think Catching Fire needs the split & I can see MJ needing it. Even THG didn't devote as much time to developing the characters (or putting certain ones in!) as it should have.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katniss

      Harry Potter and Twilight are the only things that needed it because the books were HUGE. But Mockingjay doesn't.

      July 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suua P.

    I hope they make the Mockingjay movie better than the book.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Agreed - the first 2 books were very good; the last book was so bad it needs to be rewritten. Collins should take a hint from the "alternate endings" in movies, and rewrite the 3rd book. I hope the screenwriters fix the mess in Mockingjay.

      July 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      Really? The third book was both my and my husband's favorite, and he has a minor in English Lit. It finally broke away from the pre-teen romance and a more interesting story with far more complex themes. While there were certainly things I would have done differently if I wrote it, the book was a fantastic read, and nothing could really be changed without significantly affecting the meaning of the entire series.

      I don't see why it needs to be two movies, though.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony Antonio

    This is to much commercialism always splitting the last part into two. What the heck is the 3rd book split into two parts?

    July 12, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. minhajarifin

    Jennifer Lawrence did a good job as Katniss Everdeen. She came across as someone who can use fear to stay more alert and smarter. It was a good popcorn movie.

    July 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Julian

    My God. This article is about a film adaptation. Why does everything here devolve into some partisan name calling. Its lame, old, and uncreative trolling. Get a new gimmick.

    July 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ve have Vays

    If Justin Bieber stars in this....don'T GO PEOPLE he's a tool of George W Bush....

    July 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      If ve have vays stars in this.....DON'T GO PEOPLE he's a tool of jb mockery and stupid commenting 🙂

      July 13, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. warren

    GEt us out from under! Wonder woman!

    July 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pliny

    At least they didn't mention Pru being burned to death in front of Katniss' eyes!

    July 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • julius cezar

      No, but u did

      July 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayTaylor

      I think you mean prim and i think you're trying to troll, and badly..people who read the books will know and its just plain poor choice to try and fake something that isn't going to truly ruin anything really please return to troll academy and revisit some classes

      September 11, 2013 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ranier

    Jennifer is beautiful,Observer and Pliny are stooges and tools.

    July 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. rich podlaski

    how about a spoiler alert ! nice reveal about what happens in 3rd book jerks – not all of us have gotten that far

    July 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Mondana

      You do realize that nobody holds a gun to your head and makes you read comments right? This spoiler crap is ridiculous. These books have been out for a while.

      Here- Kat kills Coin as the President dies all on his own before his execution. She ends up with Peeta (after his UN-brainwashing).
      There now you know the big things.
      Oh, and BTW, Collins decided to keep the main characters in a basement and just mention the civil war in passing. It was if Rowling would have described everything at the end of the Potter books except for the fight between Potter and Voldemort.

      July 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freaktab

      Well said!

      Just because the books have been released for some time, doesn't mean everyone has read them.

      July 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Wendellm Illsleyr

    The root of your writing while sounding reasonable in the beginning, did not really work properly with me personally after some time. Someplace within the sentences you managed to make me a believer unfortunately just for a short while. I however have got a problem with your jumps in logic and one might do well to fill in those gaps. In the event that you actually can accomplish that, I will certainly be fascinated.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Way to make sense there, buddy!

      Just as an aside, does that Lawrence chick's expression always resemble that of a blow up doll, or is it just me?

      July 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Observer

      It's not you. Her face is like that because she is a liberal stooge.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      She's a total stooge. Liberal or otherwise.

      And Observer is a tool.

      July 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude, really?

      @Pliny & Observer: you're both liberal stooge pansies.

      July 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |

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