Mockingjay will surprise even fans of the books, says Hunger Games director

Francis Lawrence is sure there are still some shocks to be had even if you've read Suzanne Collins' bestsellers back-to-back...

If you’ve read The Hunger Games books you might think there’s nothing new to learn from watching the films. 


You’ve met President Coin. You’ve been to District 13 and got the grey standard issue t-shirt. Heck, you know what happens at the very end. (We know! Shocking isn’t it…)

But director Francis Lawrence is keen to stress that the two upcoming Mockingjay films will “surprise even fans of the book.” So don’t go thinking you’ve seen everything just yet… 

Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large.”

When it comes to how Lawrence has split Collins’ final book into two, it seems we’ll have the wait and see.

That’s going to be one of the really good surprises,” he teases, adding that Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 will have “two different, very distinct stories.”


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, will be in UK cinemas 21st November