“The Hunger Games” sequel will film in the Atlanta area this summer through winter, according to a well-placed source with direct knowledge of the project.
“Catching Fire,” the second of the Hunger Games trilogy, will film July through December in metro Atlanta and beyond, our source says.
Movie and entertainment sites such as MTV.com have avidly been discussing who might be joining lead actress Jennifer Lawrence in the next movie to be adapted from Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally best selling young adult novels, with names like Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund being bandied about and “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson dismissing rumors that he had signed on.
The first “Hunger Games” movie, which set the box office afire like Katniss’ flaming chariot, was filmed in North Carolina. Members of the cast visited Atlanta just prior to the movie’s much anticipated release.
In addition to a switch in filming location, the movie series is switching directors, as Gary Ross announced earlier this year he would not be returning for “Catching Fire.”
“The Hunger Games” series tells the story of a post apocalyptic world in which young people are forced by an all powerful central government to compete in gruesome fights to the finish while enraptured viewers watch all the action.
Source: Jennifer Brett, AJC