We finally got the confirmation the other day that Lionsgate plans to split Mockingjay into two films, and exactly when we’ll get to see them. While we have an eternal wait for Catching Fire – not due out until November NEXT YEAR, the first Mockingjay movie will be out 12 months later, and the second one, 12 months after that.
Now LA Times looks at the possible reasoning behind the timing of the release dates and asks if it’s do-able?
They point out that Lionsgate seems keen to avoid switching the seasons for the sequels as happened with Harry Potter and Twilight and keep things consistent for the fans. As they say, we now know we can expect a Hunger Games movie every November (but sadly not THIS November!).
But they suggest it could be too much pressure:
Even with a potential back-to-back shoot for the two “Mockingjay” movies (a la “Breaking Dawn”), that’s still a lot of “Hunger Games” production in a short amount of time — three movies in a little over two years, by our calculation.
Is it too much pressure? “Catching Fire” had a full 20 months to come together after the release of “The Hunger Games” — and still found itself behind the eight-ball when director Gary Ross walked off the franchise. The studio could hire a new director for the “Mockingjay” movies while Lawrence is still in postproduction on “Catching Fire” — but then, does it risk messing up any mojo and continuity it has with him?
Then again, the alternative would be worse. If it waits for Lawrence, it risks a Ross-like debacle — and inevitable date postponement — if things don’t work out with the filmmaker.
Even if all does work out, it will still be a monstrous schedule for the actors. Unless Oscar voters fall in love with Katniss Everdeen or some movies she has in the can, Jennifer Lawrence will have to wait a long while for that next Oscar nomination.
Personally, I was really happy to hear that the movies would be 12 months apart and that Lionsgate was happy to let us know when we could expect to see them. I really hope they can achieve that timeline without compromising the quality of the films they make. I still wish they weren’t splitting Mockingjay and I’m super curious as to where that might happen, but I guess as fans, we’ve got a lot to look forward to.