With the tragic news this afternoon of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s passing, it does come along with some questions. How much of the principal photography has been completed for both the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2?
Director Francis Lawrence, no relation to Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, spoke about the principal photography schedule for the two Mockingjay films when Catching Fire was released.
“We start shooting again in Atlanta right after Thanksgiving until December 20th, then we break for Christmas and then we shoot for three more months in Atlanta and two months in Europe,” Lawrence noted. “We’re mostly shooting in sequence except for a scene here and there.”
Shooting had commenced in late September in in Atlanta before breaking for the Catching Fire tour.
Lawrence noted that the film was mostly being shot in order so the question that remains is how many scenes depicting Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee have already filmed. With filming expected to last until May, what happens to the role?
There are other important questions that will be answered in time.
–What does this mean for Happyish, a comedy series starring Hoffman and picked up to series by Showtime?
–The press tours for when God’s Pocket and A Most Wanted Man eventually get released. Both premiered at Sundance.
–Who will take over as director of Ezekiel Moss?
While these questions will be figured out in time, my thoughts and prayers are with Hoffman’s family.