Is it just a written law in Hollywood now that if you’ve got a young adult book series you’re adapting into a movie series, you’re legally obligated to split the final movie into two parts? Evidently so, as Lionsgate has just set the release dates for a two-part finale for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, to be released on November 21st, 2014 and November 20th, 2015.
The third book is easily the weakest of the three, and it’s completely asinine that the studio somehow thinks there’s enough story going here to necessitate splitting the narrative into two parts. There’s simply not enough going on in the story of real value to pull a lot of mileage out of such a move, unless they’re planning on expanding the incredibly rushed finale/epilogue. That I could definitely go for because while the ending of Mockingjay, in theory, is some really wonderful stuff, it’s very poorly executed. Regardless, I’m confident in saying this is nothing more than a cash grab from Lionsgate looking to replicate the success of the recently-acquired Summit’s splitting on the last Twilight into two.[Via Collider]