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The studio behind The Hunger Games movie franchise, based on Suzanne Collins’ highly successful trilogy, plans on splitting the last book, Mockingjay, into two movies.
According to Lionsgate, the first installment of Mockingjay will open in theaters on November 21, 2014 and the second part will open on November 20, 2015.
The Hunger Games trilogy is about protagonist Katniss Everdeen's fight against oppressive rule of Panem. The books allude to an Orwellian future where the people are completely controlled by the government. The trilogy explores themes such as government oppression, freedom, and survival.
The first film of The Hunger Games trilogy broke box office records with ticket sales of $678 million worldwide. With the widespread popularity of both the movies and the books, the producers hope the next installments will be similarly be a hit.
The next installment of the trilogy, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opens in theaters on November 23, 2013. Catching Fire will feature new characters such as Johanna, who will be played by Jena Malone and Plutarch Heavensbee, who will be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Following in the footsteps of predecessors Harry Potter and Twilight, two other highly successful movie franchises, The Hunger Games will follow the pattern of having a two-part ending.