‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’: Lionsgate Will Split The Final ‘Games’ Book In Two; Announces Release Dates

What has been rumored for more than a year is now official: Lionsgate will split “Mockingjay,” the final book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling “Hunger Games” trilogy, into two films, the studio announced on Tuesday. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21, 2014; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” hits screens on Nov. 20, 2015.

“Catching Fire,” the second book in the “Games” trilogy, is scheduled to start shooting soon in preparation for its Nov. 22, 2013 release. Francis Lawrence directs, with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz set to star.

Sources: Deadline, Huffington Post, Lionsgate