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'The Hunger Games' trilogy to be split into four movies

Lionsgate has confirmed that ‘The Hunger Games’ film franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will not be a trilogy like the Suzanne Collins books. Instead, 'The Hunger Games' will be four feature films.

By Ben KendrickScreen Rant / June 2, 2011

'The Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence arrives to promote her new film at The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Given the amount of backlash over the choice of up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence (X:Men First Class) as 'The Hunger Games‘ lead Katniss Everdeen, not to mention the seeminglynever-ending casting updates, it’s no surprise to hear that Lionsgate is expecting big things from the upcoming film franchise.

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Even less surprising, but equally transparent, is the studio’s choice to stretch Suzanne CollinsHunger Games book trilogy into a film quadrilogy (four movies) – taking a marketing cue from similar young adult books-turned-megamoney film franchises, Harry Potter and Twilight.

Deadline New York broke the news earlier today with a subtle mention that the narrative would span four films instead of the book series’ three-part format:

“Lionsgate executives told Wall Street analysts this morning to expect big things from 'The Hunger Games', a series of four action films that the studio will release from the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.”

While the extra film release isn’t exactly a ground breaking idea, it was the first semi-official report that we’d heard regarding the possibility of a fourth 'Hunger Games' film – and it wasn’t long before industry insiders started phoning Lionsgate for confirmation.

The Hob, a Hunger Games news site managed to snag official word, reporting that Lionsgate was directly confirming the four film structure – but wouldn’t discuss where the movies would be split:

"We can confirm we have a deal that encompasses four (4) movies for THE HUNGER GAMES."

"We cannot confirm any details beyond the below [the previous response listed above] at this time."

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