Though The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t hitting theaters until November of this year, progress on the third and fourth parts are coming along nicely. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is officially finished.
This is very good news for fans, as Emmy-winning screenwriter Danny Strong was hired to pen the first script, and would only write the second part if the studio was happy with his final draft. And since he is officially already moving on to the film’s final installment, that means the higher ups liked what they read. In addition to the screenwriter, CF director Francis Lawrence will also be behind the lens for the franchise’s final two installments, which will hit theaters on November 21, 2014, and November 20, 2015, respectively.
One of the film’s newest stars, Sam Claflin, recently spoke to Teen Vogue about making the movie, as well as working with his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Apparently before his audition, Sam hadn’t even read any of the Hunger Games books.
He told the mag: “I didn’t know what it was for before I went in, and I hadn’t read the books. Looking at the page with a character named Finnick, I was like, ‘Who the heck is Finnick?’ And then I saw Katniss on the page, and I was like, ‘Ahh, OK, maybe this is The Hunger Games.’”
Also, he mentioned that he hopes he does Finnick justice. “All I can say is I try very hard and hopefully I won’t disappoint people. He’s a very charming physical being, and hopefully he will be exactly what people read in the book and I won’t be doing an injustice.”
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