Report: ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ to Begin Production in September

Production Weekly is reporting that production on Mockingjay Part 1 will start September 16th with shooting locations in Atlanta and Boston.


Right now these are all rumors – once we have the official word, we will be sure to update you all!

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‘Mockingjay Part 1′ & ‘Part 2′ Will Film Back-to-Back

On a conference call with analysts, Lionsgate revealed that they plan to shoot Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 back-to-back, meaning one director will helm both films (and it’s believed Lionsgate is already searching for the director).

Although no director has been selected for the two planned films to be adapted from “Mockingjay,” the third book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, Wachsberger said that the two movies, to be released in November 2014 and 2015, will be shot together.

Because of that, Wachsberger said, “we expect the average budget [for the 'Mockingjay' movies] to be slightly lower than ‘Catching Fire.’” And with lower costs, he added, “profitability should come up with the final two installments.”

You can read the full article at the Los Angeles Times, which includes details about Catching Fire not being expected to make as much money for Lionsgate as The Hunger Games did simply because the production costs will be higher (though they didn’t specific the budget for the sequel).

Filming back-to-back will help cut down on budget costs, ensure consistency and continuity between the final films, help them meet their release dates, and free up the actors’ time to work on other projects.

Is Lionsgate Already Looking at Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 Directors?

We’re still yet to find out exactly who will be in Catching Fire and the shooting schedule set down for later in the year, but it seems Lionsgate producers are on the look out for the best director – or directors – to take on the Mockingjay movies.

IndieWire is reporting that  Lionsgate, along with author Suzanne Collins and producer Nina Jacobsen are vetting potential candidates.

New Lionsgate movie chiefs, Summit’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producers Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are currently vetting the right directors for the last two “Mockingjay” films, which are also hurtling into production (for release November 2014 and 2015), too fast for Francis Lawrence to be in charge. The second “Twilight” could have been a better movie had it not been so rushed, but Summit got away with it and laughed all the way to the bank. So they are following the same playbook.

The first of the Mockingjay movies will come out just one year after Catching Fire, making it a tight schedule for Francis Lawrence to be involved. It’s still anyone’s guess if the Mockingjay movies will be filmed at the same time with the same director, or separately, with different people in charge.

Predictions for Split of the Two Mockingjay Films

Once Lionsgate confirmed Mockingjay will be made into two films, we all have been wondering how they will split the story. A few media outlets have dissected the book and shared their thoughts on the subject.


Entertainment Weekly has come up with a few scenarios:

SPLIT POINT #1: District 13 is attacked
Catching Fire ends with Peeta falling into the clutches of the Capitol as Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch hole up in the underground, mysterious District 13, and Katniss begrudgingly lets the rebellion transform her into the symbol of their struggle: the Mockingjay. During a propaganda broadcast by the Capitol, Peeta manages to warn District 13 that an attack is eminent, giving everyone enough time to prepare.
The climax: In the book, District 13 is basically a giant bunker, butMockingjay Part 1 could fudge things and allow for a Helm’s Deep-like battle in which District 13 emerges the victor.
The cliffhanger: Afterwards, Katniss realizes that whatever she does as the Mockingjay to rally support will only be taken out on Peeta by the Capitol. She has a nervous breakdown, and is sedated. When she comes to, Haymitch tells her a rescue mission has been launched to save Peeta. Its leader: Gale. OMG! She could lose them both! Continue reading

Lionsgate Announces Release Dates for ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ & ‘Part 2′

Not only do we finally have confirmation that Mockingjay will be split into two films, but we also have release dates for both films! According to Deadline:

BREAKING …Lionsgate will release two films based on Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will bow worldwide November 21, 2014, followed by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20th, 2015. The first sequel, Catching Fire, is coming out November 22, 2013.

Looks like each movie will be a year apart (as opposed to the year-and-a-half wait between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire) and will be released around the prime Thanksgiving holiday box office.