What we know about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay so far
Even though ‘Catching Fire’, the sequel 2012’s ‘The Hunger Games’ has only just opened in UK cinemas, we’re already casting out our minds forward to the adaptation of the third book in Suzanne Collins’ fantasy series – 'Mockingjay' - which promises to bring the saga to a close in epic style.
If you’re a fan of the books (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), you already know how the story ends for Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the world of Panem, but that doesn’t stop Mockingjay from being one (or even two) of the most anticipated movies of the next few years.
As ‘Catching Fire’ ignites in cinemas across the country, let’s take a look at the cold hard facts that we know about ‘Mockingjay’ so far.
Beware of possible plot spoilers for ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’ ahead…
It all ends... the cover for the final chapter in Suzanne Collins' saga (Credit: Scholastic)
There’s going to be two of them
Following the template set by ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’, the concluding chapter of ‘The Hunger Games’ will split over two films to give cinema-goers a double-hit of their favourite characters before waving them goodbye for good.
Or, to allow movie studios to clinically rinse the captive audience twice. Delete as appropriate for your levels of cynicism.
We know that both be released in the lucrative pre-Christmas slot with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ coming November 21, 2014 before Part 2 takes its bow on November 20, 2015.
The Games Gang... They'll be sticking around for the duration (Credit: Rex Features)
We know the main cast will return
The lead trio will all definitely be back for both parts, come hell or tracker jacker, as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth all signed a multi-picture deal to play Katniss, Peeta and Gale for the duration of the franchise.
Lawrence is rumoured to have been paid $500,000 upfront for ‘The Hunger Games’, plus bonuses depending on the box office performance, but she is said to have negotiated a $10m deal for ‘Catching Fire’ following the runaway success of the first film.
Hutcherson and Hemsworth are likely to have renegotiated, but will have had to settle for far less than the film’s Oscar-winning female lead. What the trio earns in the two concluding chapters will probably depend on whether ‘Catching Fire’ is able to repeat the box-office success of its predecessor, but with Lawrence’s star on the ascendance, she could be looking at a bumper payday to return as the Girl on Fire.
Expect the supporting cast to return too, from Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci to Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, none of the actors will want to miss out on the final chapters of this hugely popular series.