Hunger Games Sequel Set For 2013

Catching Fire sparks in November....

Continuing the trend for studios believing they have a franchise on their hands before the first film has even hit cinemas, Lionsgate is following in the footsteps of Sony and Spider-Man by announcing that the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, will arrive on screens on November 22, 2013. That's the US release, but given that the first movie is set to hit our shores on the same day as America, Games fans can take that as the UK date also. While the company refused to release anything else about the film (well, they don't really need to worry about a plot synopsis since Susanne Collins' book series is already out there), co-COO Joe Drake talked up the movie series' prospects in an announcement picked up by Variety: The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal. The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies. It's no surprise that Lionsgate is feeling bullish about the sequel, though we're sure a lot of people there have their fingers crossed that the first games film breaks out like Twilight. The first movie has been shooting for a while now, with Gary Ross ordering around the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. It'll land March 23 next year. Start your bets now as to whether Ross stays aboard for another go or if someone else takes over the mantle. Heck, given who is working second unit on the film, maybe... Okay, that's just weird wishful thinking on our part.


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