Rumors are flying that the third movie in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part 1 will start filming as early as July. And that Catching Fire has four more weeks of filming and is climbing over budget.
The news comes via North Carolina news reporter Russ Bowen, who has historically been a good source of information when it comes to filming rumors regarding The Hunger Games. (The first movie filmed throughout North Carolina.)
According to Bowen, Catching Fire will film two more weeks in Hawaii (on top of nine recent additional days of filming) and another two weeks in Los Angeles. Bowen also reports that Mockingjay will start filming in July, though a location has not been named yet.
The timeframe is small, but not completely illogical. Lionsgate has set a rigorous release schedule for the last three movies in The Hunger Games series, with each of the films coming out in consecutive Novembers — starting this year with Catching Fire, in 2014 with Mockingjay: Part 1, and in 2015 with Mockingjay: Part 2.
That leaves little time for director Francis Lawrence to handle post-production work on Catching Fire before diving right into Mockingjay. Likely, he’ll have to hand off a lot of post-production work to others. It was this rigorous filming schedule that caused Hunger Games director Gary Ross to bow out of directing the other movies in the franchise.
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