Lionsgate officially confirmed that the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise will be split into two movies. The studio announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters November 21, 2014, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 closing out the series November 20, 2015.
Last June, we reported that Lionsgate was looking to split Suzanne Collins' third novel, Mockingjay, into two movies, although it hasn't been confirmed until now. The move has almost become a common practice as of late, with Warner Bros. splitting J.K. Rowling's franchise finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts, and Summit doing the same with Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
The studio will go into production next month on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, slated for release on November 22, 2013. Francis Lawrence is directing the sequel, although it's too early to tell if he will be back for this two-part Panem finale.
The Hunger Games, released back in March, has taken in $404 million in North America, and $678 million worldwide.