Ice Storm stalls production of Mockingjay movies

| February 14, 2014 | 2 Comments More

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Production of the Mockingjay movies has reportedly been disrupted by a dangerous ice storm that swept across Atlanta, Georgia.

Just last week the movie was apparently  filming downtown with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore and Sam Claflin all photographed on set.

This week though it’s been another story with snow, sleet and freezing rain pelting the Atlanta area on Wednesday and Thursday. Tens of thousands of properties lost electricity across the state.

Hollywood Reportershared some of the reaction from the cast as well as what it will mean for Lionsgate:

Some of the Mockingjay castmembers … posted tweets and Instagram photos about the storm. Wes Chatham posted a snowy photo, writing, “the streets of Atlanta are deserted.”Willow Shields referred to “snowy mornings” and another “apocalypse” in Atlanta in an Instagram post.

The storm is the second blow to the Lionsgate film in as many weeks, as the production is still dealing with the Feb. 2 death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Although the studio said Hoffman’s death would have “no impact” on production, the actor still had one major emotional scene left to film inMockingjay — Part 2, the final installment in the Hunger Games series.

Hoffman’s character, head gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, first appears in the second Hunger Games book and film, Catching Fire, but his role is expanded in the third book, Mockingjay, with him even acting as somewhat of a mentor to Lawrence’s Katniss.

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  1. Kate says:

    I was wondering how they were handling all the Atlanta weather. However I was a little disgusted with the Hollywood Reporter saying Hoffman’s death would have “no impact” on production. I realize they were speaking of the film but it felt very insulting to assume the production was not impacted by his death. We always hear what a family the Hunger Games crew is. When a family member dies you are affected.

    • Shelbi G. says:

      Many people were actually upset that the media was reporting on the industry/production progress at all in light of the tragedy directly after news of Hoffman’s death was initially made known. Also, I think in that context, “no impact” means that the movie won’t make its debut later, recasting won’t be necessary, most scenes were already filmed, etc.– it’s referring to the technical aspects of production. I’m sure everyone in the crew was and is affected by his death.

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