With The Hunger Games making its march to Blu-Ray and DVD soon enough, Catching Fire is still very much the prime focus. After a month filled with bad news, a rush production schedule, a new director, a new writer, and more, it’s nice to see that the upcoming sequel is still on track for it’s late 2013 release. Though fans know the title of the second movie, the worldwide audience has become aware of the massive phenomenon by the first film’s title itself. So, it’s been decided that Lionsgate marketing will reflect upon that information by encorporating the film’s first title as a series brand.
ComingSoon reports that Lionsgate and Summit have announced the second film in the planned four film series will be called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This also means that the third film rumored to be broken up into two features will then be titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, with likely Parts 1 and 2 attached to both films.
This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as famous adaptations have made sure that the series has always been reflected in the titles. While the Harry Potter series did not have that problem due to the novels names, Twilight soon becameThe Twilight Saga after the success of the first film from Summit, who likely came up with a similar stance here.
Francis Lawrence will be taking over directorial duties onCatching Fire, which is aiming for a fall production start, and will be based off of a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). Casting for new characters is expected to begin soon, along with training for the principal actors returning for the film.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, and Lenny Kravitz, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set for a release on November 22nd, 2013.