Though The Hunger Games was shown in Imax, it looks like its sequel Catching Fire is taking advantage of the format in ways similar to previous great partly Imax films like The Dark Knight and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. When the film goes into the Imax format it will be for a reason, and not just to have a bigger picture of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
As director Francis Lawrence says in this new featurette, Imax is used when Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen steps into the Quarter Quell, the battle royal fight between previous victors of the game. That’s a smart (perhaps Wizard of Oz-inspired) choice, though it’s hard to know if that means it will cut back to the smaller screen when the film shows audiences watching the game. Hopefully it won’t jump around formats too much.
Other good news: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn’t appear to be in 3D. Though this year offers one of the best examples of using the format (Gravity), as the first Hunger Games film was shot in 2D it’s nice for continuity that the follow-up isn’t shot in the third dimension or post converted. But that’s a battle more and more filmmakers are going to lose when they’re shooting films that are likely to make over a billion dollars worldwide. The studio thinking is that not going 3D is leaving money on the table. Ugh. Catching Fire is scheduled to hit theaters November 22.
Would you want to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay in 3D?