Director Says THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Parts 1 & 2 Are "Two Distinct Stories"

Here's more from Entertainment Weekly's coverage on parts one and two of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, where director Francis Lawrence explains the finale's larger scope, big battles and different tone, saying that the characters and locations are quite different this time around.

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We got some brief details from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence a few days ago, and now Entertainment Weekly has some more info on the anticipated two-part finale. He says it's "a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time" for lead character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence): "Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she's even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry," the director adds. As with all book-to-movie adaptions, there will be changes, but nothing major enough to completely shift the narrative - rather, expand the story. "Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book," Lawrence says. "For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places."

Lawrence says the concluding chapters will have a more sombre and gritty tone than previous statements, buts explains that Part 1 and Part 2 of Mockingjay will be "two different, very distinct stories. Those objectives became the motives for us. This is where the meaning of the entire series comes into play. The answer to why these books exist exists in Mockingjay, and that’s really been exciting to me. That’s been kind of what I’ve hung on to through these stories." But don't fret, there will be action, with the scale and scope of the films ramping up significantly. "There's definitely some battles. There's some of the first glimpses of real war in [Part 1]," he reveals. "There’s an atonal shift from some of the last movies, but they’re still very emotional, very sweeping, [on a] grand scale with some levity and humor." The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 hits theatres November 21st, 2014, with the second part arriving next year.

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FordEl - 8/18/2014, 8:24 PM
I really think Francis can make this a better movie than what it was as a book. The film can expand on the foundation the book set up. Theres so much more they can do that the book didnt.
ImTheDoctor - 8/18/2014, 8:26 PM
So basically a near identical copy to Deathly Hallows 1 and 2, then? Part one, on the run, nearing danger, kinda long and boring, completely different tone than; Part two, war-style battle scenes, epic shots and music, almost non-stop fighting until the final battle, which will prevail victory of the war for our heroes and dearly beloved losses.
FordEl - 8/18/2014, 8:30 PM
@ImTheDoctor

No
gugs69 - 8/18/2014, 8:37 PM
I hope the capitol assault is as violent as the book, even if that equals an R rating
ImTheDoctor - 8/18/2014, 9:06 PM
@gugs69 Lol, it won't be. I remember back when Half Blood Prince came out, people said the movie adaption would have to be rated R cause of the dark and terrifying stuff in the book...

...the movie adaption was rated PG, while the previous three movies were rated PG-13. lolololol...


And yes, I brought up Harry Potter again. But my point was relevant this time.
SniktBub - 8/18/2014, 10:09 PM
Am I the only one who didn't like book 3???
FordEl - 8/18/2014, 10:29 PM
@SnikitBub

No. But I liked it but it was just so much there that Suzanne could've expanded on more. By this being two films. The writers and directors have more creative control to expand on what mocking jay set.
MsDarkPhoenix - 8/18/2014, 11:57 PM
The Mockingjay movies have the potential to be better than the book. As Francis said, they can have scenes that weren't part of the book. Which means that they can show the war and not too much Katniss at a hospital bed. So I guess it will be more interesting than the book...
MsDarkPhoenix - 8/19/2014, 12:02 AM
@yossarian



From Greece with love :P
GuyRot - 8/19/2014, 12:12 AM
hgokuh - 8/19/2014, 5:29 AM
Of course book 3 was bad, she couldn't steal more story from Battle Royale, she had everything on the first two books...
MsDarkPhoenix - 8/19/2014, 6:50 AM
But it's too hot for regular coffee at the beach!
SuperCat - 8/19/2014, 7:33 AM
WinterAvenger - 8/19/2014, 12:10 PM
My Odin! you're an idiot @hgokuh
hgokuh - 8/19/2014, 4:51 PM
@winteravenger truth hurts? The story follows the one of Battle Royale with changes for the worst. When she had to come with original material, she came up with a horrible book. At least Battle Royale didn't have to come up with stupid weak Sci-fi stuff, like force fields and computer generated animals, to be interesting. It used human nature to make interesting ways to kill and survive.
WinterAvenger - 8/20/2014, 12:07 PM
Truth hurts? No, I have read/seen these two series and they are completely great in different ways, plus Suzzane Collins may have had a similar premise of battle royale but their story are completely different. Do some research, don't just nitpick thing that are irreverent. @hgokuh
hgokuh - 8/21/2014, 7:35 AM
@WinterAvenger Same premise, second book is about the same things, the Battle Royale does not end, same Hunger Games, an anti-government group breaks in and takes some of the survivors out, she STOLE the premise, and wrote a Twilight version of a great story!
WinterAvenger - 8/21/2014, 3:15 PM
@hgokuh Twilight? Holy [frick] you have got to be kidding me grow up! twilight has no comparison to this series. And if you're talking about battle royale II which possible was horrible sequel to a good movie/book and it just horrible and completely useless in my OPINION. And really stole? You're assuming things that aren't even correct nor a fact.
"Twilight version of a great story" [frick] give me a break read both the books (THG & BR) @hgokuh

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