In the latest issue of Us Weekly, the cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 discuss how they are going to adapt the 400 page novel into the two movies.
They talk about watching war movies, how they searched Paris and Berlin as a standin for the Capitol (looks like there might be some truth in the Europe filming rumor, after all!), and lots more. Of course, there are spoilers so head with caution:
SECRETS OF MOCKINGJAY – A BIGGER LOVE STORY. DISTRICT 12 DESTROYED. ALL-OUT WAR.
Katniss, Reborn: District 12′s star victor never expected to be the leader of a revolution. But once Katniss loses her home, then a family member, she steps up. “She becomes a warrior, like Joan of Arc,” Jennifer Lawrence tells US. Indeed, both The Hunger Games: MockingJay – Part 1 (out November 21, 2014) and part 2 (November 20, 2015) “are kind of like war movies.”
Before starting the nine-month, back-to-back shoot, the cast and crew did their research. “We watched films like Saving Private Ryan and The Battle of Stalingrad [a 1949 Soviet war epic], ” says production designer Philip Messina. Four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore also joined the cast as President Alma Coin of the once-defunct District 13 – a questionable new ally of the resistance.
Bombs Away: First task on the new Mockingjay set: Destroy the old District 12 set. “We used explosions to take down the Hall of Justice,” says Messina, who adds, “I’m not giving anything away! At the end of Catching Fire, they do say the district is gone.”
Then, director Francis Lawrence tells US, “we hunted for cool new locations in Paris and Berlin” to serve as standins for the Capitol. “We’ll really get into the streets, where there are some powerful action scenes. The idea is the Capitol is the new arena. I’m looking forward to filming Katniss in District 8, where there’s a bombing!”
Peeta vs Gale: In Mockingjay, Katniss starts to understand what these two men mean to her. “Gale becomes more of a fighter, more physical, but Peeta’s eloquent about peace and he speaks from the heart,” says Francis. “Their love story becomes very important.” And, er, convoluted. “Peeta loses his mind,” Josh Hutcherson tell Us. “The Capitol captures, tortures and brainwashes him. By the end, he wants to kill Katniss!”
Beating the Odds: No questions: Adapting the 400-page final installment of author Suzanne Collins’ trilogy says Francis, it’s worth it. “These two stories connect seamlessly together.”
Thanks JenniferLawrenceDaily for transcribing the article!