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It's official! THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY getting split into two films

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First it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, then The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and now it’s the turn of Mockingjay, the final installment in the Hunger Games series, to also get the double feature film treatment.

That’s right, it’s going to be double the hunger and double the child-killing for our heroine Katniss Everdeen. More importantly though, double the box office for Lionsgate!

While it has been rumoured since last year June, when allusion was made to a “four-part series” during an investors’ conference call, this is the first official confirmation from the studio that the film will be split. Lionsgate also set the release date for the two films, which will now occupy the now-vacant November spot usually held by the Twilight franchise on their calendar. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be arrowing into cinemas on November 21, 2014, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will (probably) be smashing box offices on November 20, 20115.

There’s just one problem. I really don’t think that Suzanne Collins’ final book should be done as two films. The book is not even that long and the first 60% was essentially just talking heads as things got setup, and then the last half kicked off on a non-stop, breakneck, whirlwind tour of underage death and carnage There really doesn’t appear to be a good point in the narrative structure to split the book and still give the first part enough meat to its story.

This was the same problem that Lionsgate faced with Twilight: Breaking Dawn and yet they split that anyway, resulting in a Part 1 that even the Twi-hards thought was boring. There’s no doubt in my mind that unlike in the case of Harry Potter, where they just had far too much narrative to get through in one film, that this decision is driven by none other than a desire by Lionsgate to keep their latest cash cow mooing away, when it should already have been put down with an arrow to the eyeball.

Last Updated: July 11, 2012


  1. Kyle

    July 11, 2012 at 08:48

    It’s not a long book! I can still understand Harry Potter and Twilight, but Mockingjay is a very short book in comparison to those two…

    I can pretty much guestimate where they’ll end the first part though… 

    (This is a stupid idea.)


  2. Kervyn Cloete

    July 11, 2012 at 09:36

    Er… Something went screwy with my second last paragraph (I blame that meddling imp, Darryn!), making it sound like I wanted it to be two films.

    Should be fixed now.


  3. CaptainNemo42

    July 11, 2012 at 09:42

    Deathly Hollows being split into two made sense. Too much was happening and we would have needed a Return of the King Extended Cut length film to make sure nothing went missing.

    Talking about Tolkien. What about the Hobbit splitting into two? The book’s not that long, so why is that split. Not that I mind. Because I love everything about the LOTR universe. 🙂


  4. Noelle Adams

    July 11, 2012 at 10:30

    Is that the stench of avarice I detect? 

    CaptainNemo, The Hobbit split is so that they can fill in the gaps between The Hobbot and LOTR – all the high council meetings etc. that take place “off page” and only get mentioned in Tolkien’s appendices. 


  5. Gavin Mannion

    July 11, 2012 at 12:27

    There is no way this deserved a double movie… it’s barely a decent length single movie


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