Before The Hunger Gameshave even begun, the sequel is already on its way.
Catching Fire, the second film in the trilogy based on Suzanne Collins' novels, will hit theaters November 22, 2013.
One of the most buzzed-about film series since Harry Potterbid its farewell, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where a cruel government holds a yearly televised battle to the death. The film's heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her sister's place in the competition against 23 other children, including fellow District 12 resident, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). The film, also starring Liam Hemsworth, is currently in production and will be released on March 23, 2012.
Catching Fire continues the story, following what transpires in the dramatic finish of the 74th Hunger Games that may have sparked a rebellion amongst the districts.
"The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal," said Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate, in a statement. "The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies."