'The Hunger Games' book trilogy to be made into four films?
The studio behind "The Hunger Games" adaptation might be trying to pull a "Harry Potter."
Lionsgate is reportedly planning to turn the three books in the popular series in to four films for the silver screen, just like the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, the plan is not set in stone yet and the book that would be split was never specified. The first film is set for release on March 23, 2012.
"The property is generating tremendous buzz and excitement, and it all points to a major Lionsgate franchise in the making," studio CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts on Wednesday, according to the industry paper.
Jennifer Lawrence will play the "plucky protagonist" Katniss Everdeen who lives in the post-apocalyptic North America, which is now called Panem.
In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event put on by the government in Capitol city, where a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death. The Lionsgate film is based on novels by Suzanne Collins.
It was announced on Tuesday that Donald Sutherland had joined the ever-growing cast of the film. The actor is set to play President Snow in the film adaptation of the popular young adult novels written by Suzanne Collins. Sutherland's character is described as a "cruel and ruthless" leader who has "a contentious relationship" with the film's protagonist Everdeen.
Rocker Lenny Kravitz was announced as a cast member last week. The musician will play Cinna, a "mild-mannered" first time stylist whose designs are "show-stopping." He's the stylist assigned to Everdeen for the lead up to the Hunger Games, a televised event that sees a boy and a girl from different districts fight each other to the death, film studio Lionsgate said. The film is set for release on March 23, 2012.
Woody Harrelson was recently confirmed to play the character of Haymitch Abernathy, Everdeen's mentor.
Others who have been cast in "The Hunger Games" include Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, the "upbeat" host of the Hunger Games, Wes Bentley of "American Beauty," who will play head game mastermind Seneca Crame, Elizabeth Banks, who will take on the role of Effie Trinket and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who portray Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, who compete for Everdeen's affections.
Jack Quaid, the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi, Amanda Stenberg, Jeremy Marinas and Dakota Hood have also been linked to the movie.