The popularity of Young Adult fiction has exploded within the last decade and Harry Potter was responsible for leading the charge. Twilight followed suit and will wrap up with their last installment, Breaking Dawn Part 2, debuting in November. This leaves The Hunger Games to carry the mantle for young adult fiction based movies, however, The Mortal Instruments may be set to give The Hunger Games series a run for its money. Because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was so long, the film adaptation was split into two films. This was a very good decision, as there was so much content to cover, just one movie would have left things feeling rushed and would not have provided nearly as epic of a conclusion.
Summit Entertainment, now a subsidiary of Lions Gate, made the call to split Breaking Dawn into two films for nearly the same reason. Rumors have circulated for quite some time that Mockingjay, the conclusion of The Hunger Games series, would be split as well, and according to Screen Rant, Lionsgate has officially confirmed this. The remaining three films in The Hunger Games series will debut within a year of each other, Catching Fire on Nov. 22, 2013, Mockingjay Part 1 on November 21st, 2014, and the conclusion, Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20, 2015. The Hunger Games movies seem to be moving into the slot around Thanksgiving which Harry Potter and Twilight have both filled in the past.
The question to ask is, does Mockingjay really need to be split into two parts? There were several things that Gary Ross left out of The Hunger Games that I personally felt were an important part of the story. Splitting The Hunger Games or even Catching Fire into two parts would not be advisable since there are no good breaking points in either of those books. I can definitely see the argument in favor of two Mockingjay films. Amy Wilkinson of MTV makes a very good point regarding how much ground gets covered in Mockingjay. Without revealing too many spoilers, I will just say that the action in Mockingjay takes place in several districts in addition to The Capitol. While it is not my favorite book in the series, I feel that the action in Mockingjay is definitely present and if the director (whether it will be Francis Lawrence is up in the air) can create an appropriate place to break off Part 1 and leave viewers wanting more, then it will be all the better.
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