Release Dates Set for ‘Mockingjay’ Parts 1 and 2
The second film in the "Hunger Games" franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
, has barely started casting, but neither Lionsgate nor the general public have any doubt of the success of Suzanne Collins
' books on the big screen, so the studio has already marked down a pair of release dates for the series finale, a two-part split of the final novel in the trilogy, Mockingjay
Following in the steps of The Twilight Saga
, both films will be released on Fridays before Thanksgiving on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015. What that means is we'll get a "Hunger Games" installment on the same weekend every year for three years in a row, as Catching Fire
arrives on November 22, 2013. It also means that production on the "Mockingjay" films will start before the second film even hits theaters.
With such a quick turnaround in the works from the second to the final two films, it's hard to imagine that Catching Fire
director Francis Lawrence
would not direct The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
. If there's no word from Lawrence or Lionsgate in the coming months, expect an official announcement as soon as filming wraps on Catching Fire
sometime this fall/winter.