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Final Hunger Games Film, ‘Mockingjay,’ Split

Lionsgate is taking over Thanksgiving for the next few years


Looks like Lionsgate is doing some wishful thinking about the future of its Hunger Games franchise. In fact, not only has the studio set dates for the final films, but it has split Suzanne Collins’ third book into two films, giving them releases just a year apart.

In fact, it appears Lionsgate is going to make Hunger Games an annual event. The second film, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is set to debut Nov. 22, 2013. The first half of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” will premiere Nov. 21, 2014, with the second part following on Nov. 20, 2015.

This essentially locks up Thanksgiving for the next few years, making turkey and teens killing each other partners in American lives.

Either way, it seems Josh Hutcherson will also be a part of that family dinner gathering. The actor, who plays Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games film, is set to appear in Dan Bradley’s often-delayed “Red Dawn” remake on Nov. 21. That film stars Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Peck.

That film is a remake of the 1984 film from John Milius that starred Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Lea Thompson. Instead of a Soviet invasion, the more modern remake will tackle a North Korean invasion.

“Catching Fire,” which involves another Hemsworth — Liam Hemsworth — is currently in pre-production under director Francis Lawrence. He replaces Gary Ross who penned the screenplay and helmed the first film, which has grossed more than $400 million domestically.

Collins’ “Mockingjay” was published in 2010, and received an opening printing order of 1.6 million copies. More than 450,000 copies were sold in the first week alone.

The Hunger Games film franchise stars Jennifer Lawrence, Hutcherson and Hemsworth.

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