Starvation Video games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence stated that he now understands the combined reactions to the ultimate e-book being divided into two movies.
Throughout an interview with Folks journal, printed on-line Friday, the filmmaker admitted that if he needed to redo the Jennifer Lawrence-led movies, he wouldn’t cut up Mockingjay into two separate components.
“I completely remorse it. I completely do,” Lawrence stated. “I’m undecided all people does, however I positively do.”
He additionally famous that the group agreed on the time that the 2 halves of Mockingjay, which had been launched in theaters a yr aside, “had their very own separate dramatic questions,” which made for full arcs. However he additionally acknowledged why some followers weren’t too proud of the lengthy ready interval between the movies.
“What I spotted on reflection — and after listening to all of the reactions and feeling the sort of wrath of followers, critics and other people on the cut up — is that I spotted it was irritating,” Lawrence stated. “And I can perceive it.”
He continued, “In an episode of tv, in case you have a cliffhanger, you must wait every week or you could possibly simply binge it after which you’ll be able to see the following episode. However making individuals wait a yr, I believe, got here throughout as disingenuous, though it wasn’t. Our intentions had been to not be disingenuous.”
However the director additionally added that it was good having the ability to adapt extra from the books by breaking it up into two components.
“In reality, we received extra on the display screen out of the e-book than we’d’ve in any of the opposite films since you’re getting near 4 hours of display screen time for the ultimate e-book,” he defined.
As for his upcoming prequel The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which arrives in theaters on Nov. 17, Lawrence stated the intention was at all times to make one film from Suzanne Collins’ e-book that was printed in 2020, even when it meant for an extended run time.
“I’d by no means allow them to cut up the e-book in two,” he stated. “There was by no means an actual dialog about it. It’s a protracted e-book, however we received a lot shit for splitting Mockingjay into two — from followers, from critics, from all people — that I used to be like, ‘No means. I’ll simply make an extended film.’ “