The Hunger Games was released earlier this year to financial and critical success, so a sequel was inevitable. The original director Gary Ross dropped out due to timing issues, and Lionsgate quickly snapped up I Am Legend helmer Francis Lawrence to direct. Collider announced today that the studio have struck a deal with Lawrence to direct the final instalment(s) in the series, Mockingjay, which will be split into two movies, following the lead of Harry Potter and Twilight.
Writer Danny Strong is working on the script (who beat out strong competition such as Drew Goddard for the gig) and you can read the official synopsis for the book below:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is due out November 21 2014 and Part 2 will be released November 20 2015, whileCatching Firehits cinemas November 22 2013. What do you think of this news? Share your thoughts below.