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The Hunger Games Third Book Mockingjay to Be Split Into Two Movies

Mockingjay to Be Split Into Two Movies — Awesome or Overkill?

The first film in The Hunger Games trilogy is still about a year away from release, but the studio behind its production, Lionsgate, is placing big bets on its future success. The final book in the series, Mockingjay, will be split into two movies, bringing the franchise to four movies total. I'm a pretty huge fan of The Hunger Games, but I'm a little worried that stretching the third chapter into two complete films might water down the story.

This is obviously a big trend in adaptations right now, considering that Mockingjay will be following a pattern set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Breaking Dawn, and most recently, The Hobbit. Some of those books do feel epic enough to fill two movies, but it also feels like the popular titles are being milked for all their worth. What's your stance? Are you happy that there will be four Hunger Games movies?

roni13 roni13 5 years
I personally think they should spilt Mockingjay into two movies.    The first movie should be about the war, the rebellion, etc.  So, pretty much what it had in the books. Rescuing Peeta, the missions and all that.   The second movie should focus on the characters and what happened to them. It should focus on Gale, in district two, Katniss' mother moving away, how everything works around Panem ( I'd like to see all the citizens that were left, and how they react to having no more hunger games. About President Snow, etc.) Katniss' grief and how she deals with it.  Peeta's recovery and how he deals with it. With Annie, surviving without Finnick. All those things that were rushed in the last few pages of the book should be magnified. But, most importantly, how Katniss and Peeta end up loving each other again and the journey through that.   I was quiet confused on how they fell in love with each other again. Peeta was out of control, and every memory he had of Katniss was destroyed. He wanted to kill Katniss. And for Katniss, she was in grief. She had lost her sister, been in the games twice, had Peeta, the only person who understood her and how messed up this all was, taken away from her. She was the face of the rebellion, she felt that every single person who died in that time was because of her. She killed Coin, she killed people from the games. She watched Rue die, she watched her sister die. Her mother and Gale moves away and she has no one left to care for her. After everything she had been through, how does a person find time to fall in love?  So bringing us fans to that journey of how they manage it will bring more excitement to us and more understanding to it all. The epilogue should be looked into as well, but not too much. For me, The Hunger Games Trilogy was about the journey and the understanding of it all. Once I see how Peeta and Katniss made it through everything, then I'll understand the agreement they had of having a family and how did make it through everything.   I want to see what it's like in the future after the rebellion. Because the book doesn't talk much about that.   I personally think Suzanne Collins should've written a fourth book as well ( Yes, I know. If she did, it wouldn't be called a Trilogy, obviously. But, still.) I would've loved it, I thought it was all too rushed. The main focus of the third book was the rebellion and that's how I looked at the book all through out. I never expected it to end so quickly. I wanted to cry, seeing as she never explained everything else. There were so many questions unanswered.   But, hopefully, the future writers and director of Mockingjay, listen to what we have to say and think about it. 
kimdave1965 kimdave1965 5 years
Terrible Decision!!!!!! Mockingjay doesn't need to be split into two movies because: - it has the same amount of content the other two books have and they have/are successfully only going to be adapted into one movie each.  - some unneccessary elements would normally be left out of the movie anyway e.g every battle Katniss is involved in, the lenghth of time before Peeta's rescue,  the time spent in disrict 13 all wouldn't need the detail that's in the book and would only need one movie. - the personal interaction between Katniss and Peeta is missing for a great deal of the book and to be without this for the better part of two movies means both will not be interesting enough.
rosemary18 rosemary18 5 years
I think that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & Breaking Dawn definitely work as split films. But i believe that Mockingjay is a much smaller/shorter book by far and doesn't have enough information in it that it needs to follow the trend and be split. As you say, they're "milking them for all they are worth" and It's kind of stupid if you ask me. I'm a huge fan and will most definitely be seeing all of the films though, so we'll see how they do.
Abe12 Abe12 5 years
they should split Catching Fire into two movies, it has more things or events going on than any other of the two books.
Juiceee Juiceee 6 years
Catching Fire was my favorite Hunger Games book. I'm reading Mockingjay right now and I kind of don't get it.. I finished the first two books in a matter of days, or just 1 but this one idk, it's just not hitting any spots for me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i don't think that anyone can really be that surprised - and i think that it can be done pretty decently assuming they stick to the book. i just hope that the cast knows what they are getting into (those that are in all 3 books) since they'll be in this franchise for ages filming. i wonder what that schedules going to look like
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
Of the three books, I felt Mockingjay had the lowest sense of urgency until about 2/3 of the way through. Splitting it into 2 movies is a terrible idea, unless they intend to add a lot of extra information or flesh out story lines that weren't explored thoroughly in the book.
littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 6 years
I agree with the above posters - this is just greed and the producers wanting to make more money!
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
It is a matter of greed, but I might be ok with it. The only problem I had with Mockingjay, and the reason I though Catching Fire was the best book of the trilogy, is that it felt rushed (although that may have been because I was reading it so quickly to find out what was going to happen ;) Even though I have low expectations for these adaptations (only because Hollywood ruins everything), I hope that splitting the last book into two movies will help build the tension and make the climactic moments even better...
demarco11 demarco11 6 years
I'd say out of the movies listed above on HP is really the only one that fits the criteria to break up the last movie, since there's so much info to convey that is all relevant to the story in the final book, they needed more time to explain... but Mockingjay doesnt fit that profile. I think its just greedy.
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