Lionsgate Makes it Official: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Will be Split Into Two Movies

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Novel CoverGotta say, I knew they were going to do this from the very beginning. It was obvious, wasn’t it? Announcing that they’re splitting the third novel in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy into two movies (what does that make it now, a quadrology?) was a no-brainer. It solves two problems — giving the studio an extra movie to vacuum up all that “Hunger Games” cash, and it gives the filmmakers more space to properly translate what is probably most ambitious installment in the series to film.

Of course, don’t delude yourself into thinking the studio did this just to get the adaptation of “Mockingjay” right. This is purely for commercial reasons, but if you’re a fan of the book and the movies, I don’t suppose you’ll be too mad about this. Everyone else, though? Feel free to be all offended for absolutely no reason. I mean, you weren’t going to go see this movie anyway, right? Yeah, so what’s your beef, then?

For those of you scoring at home, this means the first part, officially “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” will bow November 21, 2014, followed one year later by “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” on November 20, 2015. The second film in the series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is already set for November 22, 2013, with all the principal actors back (well, at least the ones that survived the first movie, anyway).

What does all this mean? Just that other studios better start wiping November off their schedule for the next three years. Or if they insist on penciling in a movie for Turkey month, they better make sure it offers some counter-programming value. Like, say, an Adam Sandler “comedy”, perhaps…

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Image