It worked for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 and Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2. Now, Lionsgate has confirmed that the studio will wrangle an extra big screen outing from Suzanne Collins' popular trilogy The Hunger Games, making it a four film quadrilogy.
Well, Lionsgate will if the first movie is as big of a success as they are hoping for. Other Young Adult literature adaptations with high hopes and trilogy plans, such as The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and City of Ember, failed to get past their debut entries. Lionsgate is hoping for a Twilight-sized phenomenon when it comes to The Hunger Games, though. It is the highest selling film they have ever brought to the Cannes marketplace, and it is expected to be a behemoth hit overseas.
It is unclear at this time how director Gary Ross, who is expected to stay with this new franchise through all four films, will be splitting the narrative. It is possible that he could split the second book in the series, Catching Fire, or make two sequels out of the finale, Mocking Jay. Both books are the same length as The Hunger Games, which has fans fearing that they may be stretching the narrative of the final two movies a little thin. It is also possible that the third movie may serve as a bridge between the second and forth films, utilizing story elements from both Catching Fire and Mocking Jay.
The Hunger Games is currently shooting in North Carolina.