Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the place The Hunger Games franchise occupies in the 21st century SF mediascape. Few SF series have been such a success this century in both books and films, given Hollywood’s tendency to be between 30 and 50 years behind the curve of written SF, and U.S. studio Lionsgate has done everything possible to make sure the movies measure up to the vociferous fans of the books, as well as the watchful eye of author Suzanne Collins.
Except now they’ve done what any big studio would do (following Summit’s success with a similar tactic on the Twilight series) and split the final book of the trilogy into two parts, to eke out another quarter’s revenue. While enough happens in the book it seems like this should work fine, direector Lawrence’s past runtimes suggest that maybe this might be harder work than one hopes. It is however rumoured that some of the new scenes give veteran thesps Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore as the opposing leaders more to do, and that cannot be a bad thing.
At any rate the trailer is spectacular, opening up the world of the first two films and finally committing the series and our heroine Katniss Everdeen to all-out war with the ruling powers. We don’t get enough well-done future war movies on the big screen any more, so for that alone this will be worth a look, but as fans of the franchise know, there is much more to enjoy than just that.
Here’s the official U.S. synopsis from Lionsgate:
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hits U.K. cinemas Friday 21st November.