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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.

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How the films will be split-up is certainly an intriguing question. The first book, The Hunger Games, is mostly self-contained. As a result, it’ll probably be a matter of whether or not Lionsgate wants to go the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as Twilight: Breaking Dawn route (splitting one installment into two parts) or go about a more complicated restructuring of the story by segmenting the final two books into three parts – splitting somewhere toward the end of book two (Catching Fire) and middle of book three (Mockingjay) with the final film encompassing the remaining events of the final trilogy book.

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Considering both Catching Fire and Mockingjay enjoy much richer, more involved, narratives, there are plenty of places where the story could be split – by simply ratcheting-up an action set-piece to act as a film climax. However, given the epic battle (think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) featured at the end of Mockingjay – it’s likely that Lionsgate won’t get too creative in segmenting the film storyline and rely on an action-heavy finale.

One major film adaptation selling points is the added “Now a Major Motion Picture” book prints that the studio can help push – which works a lot better if each film is set-against a particular installment. It’s definitely possible we’ll see a more complicated splitting of the books (or at the very least, working certain story beats in earlier or later, depending) – though, from a marketing standpoint, expect the studio to stick pretty close to the source material structure.

Follow me on Twitter @ benkendrick and let us know where you think they should split The Hunger Games movies.

Production is currently underway on 'The Hunger Games' in North Carolina. The film is slated for theatrical release on March 23, 2012.

Source: Deadline New York, The Hob

Ben Kendrick blogs at Screen Rant.

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