Lionsgate — the studio behind “The Hunger Games,” the movie adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins’s very popular young-adult-novel trilogy — has announced a release date for the movie’s sequel.
“Catching Fire,” the second film in a planned four-part series, will arrive in theaters on Nov. 22, 2013, one year and nine months after the first flick’s arrival in theaters on March 23, 2012.
As far as why there is such a long lag time between the two releases, the statement from Lionsgate Chief Operating Officer Joe Drake only notes that “the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.” (Translation: They hope the franchise becomes big enough to merit a splashy, possibly more lucrative holiday season release.) No other details, such as additional casting or production dates, were announced in the statement.
Meanwhile, no one has seen footage from the first movie yet because it’s still being shot. But since the people behind “The Amazing Spider-Man” announced plans to release a sequel to that film in May 2014, “The Hunger Games” must keep pace.
So what movies do you plan to see in 2014? Don’t know yet because you haven’t even decided what to catch this weekend? Come on, man. At least try to keep up with the Katnisses.