Following on from the tragic news that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died, Lionsgate has put out a statement explaining that the Mockingjay movies won’t be delayed with just seven days left to shoot Part 2.
They say the release dates of November 21 this year and November 20 of next year will not be affected.
The “Mockingjay” shoot began in September in Atlanta and is planned to last into the spring, before shifting to Berlin and Paris for a month, ending in May. Both installments are shooting simultaneously.
Lionsgate released a statement saying, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.
UPDATE: A statement has also been released by Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins and producer Nina Jacobson on behalf of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay crew.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
According to The Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Hoffman, who played games-master-turned-rebel Plutarch Heavensbee, had finished shooting virtually all of his scenes for Part 1 save for one in which he did not play a significant role, the person said.
For Part 2, he had about a week left of shooting, including one scene that will have to be written with a different character taking the spot of Plutarch Heavensbee.
Because most of Mr. Hoffman’s scenes were complete, director Francis Lawrence and his team are said to be confident they can complete filming without the character or the films being substantially changed.
Hoffman’s two other completed films, “A Most Wanted Man” and “God’s Pocket,” are still expected to launch later this year.