The news fans of The Hunger Games have been waiting for is finally here. I’m now allowed to officially say the movie is exceptional. A full review will be out next week as we get closer to the March 23 release but, the second you walk out of it you’ll be dying to see the sequel: Catching Fire. Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is adapting the book and director Gary Ross, who knocked this movie out of the park, will be back along with the entire surviving cast. And if we’re talking about Catching Fire, it’s hard not to think of MockingJay, the third and final book in the series.

A few months back, Lionsgate suggested they might go the Twilight/Harry Potter route and split that final book into two movies, a decision many fans saw as unneccsary. At a recent junket, I asked producer Nina Jacobson – the woman who discovered Suzanne Collins‘ book in a book store and brought it to Hollywood – if that was actully going to happen. Read her answer after the jump and check back soon for a full interview with Ross. Read More »

UPDATE: A representative for Lionsgate confirmed that “we have a deal that encompasses 4 movies.” Original story follows with minor edits.

Harry Potter did it first, Twilight followed suit and, if Lionsgate experiences the success of those two franchises with their anticipated, upcoming film, they plan to do the same. Deadline first reported that in a recent meeting with Wall Street analysts Lionsgate told them to expect four movies from the trilogy of books in The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins. That certainly sounds like they plan to split either the second book, Catching Fire or – more likely – the final book, Mocking Jay, into two movies. [UPDATE: Lionsgate confirmed their deal encompasses four movies but wouldn’t say where the fourth would come from.] Of course, if the first Hunger Games movie doesn’t do well when it’s released in March, this plan would likely go down the tubes. Read more after the break. Read More »