‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ to Be Split Into Two Movies; Release Dates Set for 2014 and 2015

/ July 10, 2012

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Lionsgate announced Tuesday that it will release Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, as two separate movies, with release dates planned for 2014 and 2015.

Part one will fly into theaters worldwide on Nov. 21, 2014, while part two will hit screens one year later, on Nov. 20, 2015.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to the 2012 smash The Hunger Games, has already locked in a release date of Nov. 22, 2013.

The decision to split Mockingjay into two films mirrors similar moves made by Warner Bros., which used the strategy with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010 and 2011. Summit, meanwhile, will release part two of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn on Nov. 16.

For Warner Bros., the move proved to be especially profitable: Deathly Hallows earned over $677 million, domestically, in a two-year span.

Similarly, Summit turned a major profit with Breaking Dawn – Part I, which grossed over $281 million, and is expected to see similar numbers when Breaking Dawn – Part II opens later this year.

Will Mockingjay do the same? It’s hard to say; however, if numbers for The Hunger Games are any indication (the film grossed an astounding $404.2 million this year), one can’t blame Lionsgate for giving it a whirl.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has landed the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

He joins franchise favorites Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in the project, which is being helmed by Frances Lawrence (Water for Elephants).

Further details on Mockingjay were not released.

What do you think? Should Mockingjay be released as two movies? Or is that too excessive? Sound off, below!