Did the final Twilight book really need to be told over the course of two films? No… Part 1 of Breaking Dawn was basically a non-event of a movie as it kept the good (and I use that term lightly!) for the sequel.
Did the last Harry Potter movie really need to be stretched out in two parts? Probably not…
But that’s where we are now in Hollywood. Movie franchises are more important now than ever before in bank-rolling studios and keeping people in work with the vast amounts of revenue they bring in every year. The smart decision by Warner Bros to split Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows into two-parters basically earned them another $1 billion dollars. Lionsgate, likely close to a $1 billion when the final Twilight movie opens in November.
Both claimed they split the final book in both respective series’ for creative reasons and to make sure they included everything from the source materials so they could finish the tales properly but we all know the real reason was they wanted one last payday from a franchise that was about to run its course because their were no more movies to adapt. So with this in mind, we should really have saw this announcement coming…
Lionsgate has announced that Suzanne Collins’ final book in her The Hunger Games series Mockingjay will be released in two parts, both films released one year apart. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released on November 21st, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20th, 2015 – effectively doubling their profits as the saga comes to an end. They’ll say the usual comments but let’s be realistic, the final book in The Hunger Games saga is no longer than the others and they are basically making you pay twice to see a bloated version of one story.
Lead Jennifer Lawrence will also be delighted as she wins another big payday but for us, robs us of the other movies we could have seen her in as she hangs around longer at the Capitol.
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