Francis Lawrence, the director of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, says he understands why splitting the film into two parts was frustrating for fans and regrets doing so.
The director of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay yes it is completely I regret having divided the film into two parts. Francis Lawrence directed three chapters of the franchise: in 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in 2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and in 2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Looking back, Lawrence understands the mixed reactions of fans aroused by the decision to have divided the last chapter of the saga into two parts. “I completely regret it. I think for real. I’m not sure if everyone regrets it, but I definitely do“, the director told People.
“What I realized in retrospect – and after hearing all the reactions and feeling the ire of the fans, the critics and the people who were divided – is that it must have been very frustrating for them. In a television episode, if there is a cliffhanger, you have to wait a week or you can binge and then watch the next episode. But making them wait a year, I think it seemed insincere. Our intentions were not to be insincere” Lawrence said during the interview.
The director known for Constantine concluded by adding that dividing the film into two parts still had its advantages: “In reality we managed to get more things out of the book than we did in the other chapters of the saga, because we end up with almost four hours of film for the adaptation of the final book. But, I understand and I understand how this has frustrated people“.
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The Rime of the Nightingale and the Serpent
Francis Lawrence returns to direct a chapter of the saga in the new prequel film The Hunger Games – The Rime of the Nightingale and the Serpent, set 64 years before the original trilogy. The film, which set a new running time record for the franchise, follows a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) as he is assigned to mentor female District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) during the tenth edition of the Hunger Games. Indifference soon gives way to love between Coriolanus and Lucy Gray against the brutal backdrop of the games. The Ballad of the Nightingale and the Serpent will be released in theaters on November 17.