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It looks like Mockignjay will be filmed in 2 separate parts.. Interesting read for those who like the series!
When ‘The Hunger Games’ was first released in cinemas worldwide, its tremendous success led to the confirmation of adaptations for the next two books in the series written by Suzanne Collins: Catching Fire and Mockingjay. With ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ set for release at the end of 2013, it seemed the final two films would round off the first brilliantly – with all the action and drama audiences have come to expect. The announcement, then, that the third and final book would be made into not one but two final films looks set to destroy what would otherwise have been one of the most impressive franchises of recent years.
This trend – made famous in the last few years with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ having been released in two parts – has been met with fierce criticism. Is it an attempt – as filmmakers often suggest – to allow sufficient time to explore a long and complex novel? Or is it, as many sceptics believe, simply a means to drag out a story that would easily have worked in one film in order to obtain more money from the viewing public?
These lengthy novels (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came in at 607 pages in the hardcover edition and Breaking Dawn came in at 699 pages) had a lot to compact into a two hour film. There seemed some merit, at least, in splitting them into two parts. However, Mockingjay does not fall under this umbrella at all. Firstly, it’s not particularly long – at only 455 pages in a small paperback edition. Secondly, unlike The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Mockingjay is a very different kind of story. As a whole, it lacks the action found in the first two and brings far more emotion and drama to the table. It is an exploration into Katniss’ damaged psyche as she loses her grip on reality and – though it certainly makes for a brave and compelling read – there is not a lot that actually happens, at least for a while.
The pacing of the book works beautifully, taking the reader on an emotional journey that leads to an action-packed and dramatic conclusion. In two parts, the pacing would be completely wrong – with part one all emotion and no action and part two an action-packed battle with no emotion. The adaptation simply would not work as two separate entities. Mockingjay is about bringing together all that has been explored in the first two stories: the bond between Katniss and her sister Prim; the conflict between wanting to keep off the radar in order to survive and wanting to fight to overthrow an evil government; the relationships; the struggles. It all comes down to this – not part one of this.
Please, just once, can filmmakers think about telling a great story on the big screen first and not just concern themselves with how they can get more money out of the fans. If ‘The Hunger Games’ film trilogy is to stand the test of time, it really needs the final instalment to be told well – and that means telling it in one sitting.
Check out the full Mockingjay article on Yahoo…
What are your thoughts?
Personally I would just like the movie to be filmed in one go so I don’t have to wait longer!