When it came to creating brand recognition, Summit Entertainment really nailed it with the Twilight franchise. When the sequels were being produced they didn’t simply call them Eclipse or New Moon, but rather extended the title but putting The Twilight Saga: in front of it. Needless to say, it’s been expected that Lionsgate would be doing the same thing with their Hunger Games series. Because many wouldn’t recognize the connection between the first movie and the sequel, Catching Fire, the studio has made an alteration to the name of Suzanne Collins’ second novel.
Lionsgate has announced that the official title for Catching Fire is now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film is expected to begin production this fall, with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all returning as Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne, respectively. Francis Lawrence, who is best known for directing the films Constantine, I Am Legend and Water For Elephants, will be directing the movie, replacing Gary Ross, who both wrote and directed the first film. The studio has given the title a November 22, 2013 release date. As of now it has no direct competition on its opening weekend, however, Thor 2 is scheduled to be released on November 15th.
So what do you think of the new title? Do you wish they had gone for something bigger – like The Hunger Games Legend: Catching Fire – or do you like that they kept it short and simple? Let us know in the comments section below.
There you go guys, the official title for film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ second book from the trilogy is now “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” What do you think of it? Any titles you have in mind? Now, let’s read what Cinema Blend has to say to it.
I think the title seems great because what’s important is they have to retain the trademark which is the Hunger Games. The life of the characters all connect to the Hunger Games. I’m more excited to know what tagline they are going to use. I mean the first movie, Lionsgate has chosen “The World Will Be Watching” as their tagline. Would they choose “Sparks is fire” or “The World will Catch Fire” or maybe “The Rebellion has Began” for the second film? Any thoughts?