No need to wonder if there will be a sequel to The Hunger Games. Lionsgate has announced Nov. 22, 2013 as the release date for Catching Fire, based on the second book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins (via Deadline). That’s nearly a year and nine months, after the release of the first in the series, scheduled to open March 23, 2012.
Why such a long wait? The Lionsgate press release does not address that question although it does state that the pre-Thanksgiving time slot is a good one for family movies. That slot in 2012 is already spoken for by Breaking Dawn, Part 2, the finale of the Twilight saga. Given the success of the finale of Harry Potter, what studio would want to go up against it?
The first movie, Hunger Games, is in the midst of filming. No word on the third book in the series, Mockingjay, but we’re betting it will be made and will be released in November, 2014.