After securing a new director, "The Hunger Games" sequel now gets a new tweaked title. Instead of just calling it "Catching Fire" like the title of Suzanne Collins' novel, Lionsgate Films officially names the anticipated movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".
Though still unconfirmed, it is likely that the third movie will be titled "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay". Lionsgate's strategy in naming the follow-up movie is apparently similar to what Summit Entertainment did to the "Twilight Saga" film franchise.
In another news related to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", rabid fans of the Collins trilogy have reacted to the swirling rumor that "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson is circling the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel. Instead of supporting the casting, some of the fans are against it. They even made Twitter hashtag #PattinsonIsNotFinnick a trending topic.
A Twitter user called Pureblood Prince tweeted, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick I don't want a sparkly vampire fairy to offer me a sugar cube." Another one named Rosemary Telesco wrote, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick I am not hating on Rob or anything, I'm sure he's a great actor! But seriously. Finnick Odair? NO."
Another fan of Jennifer Lawrence added, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick . HE IS NOT. NO WAY. FINNICK HAS TO BE SOMEONE STRONG, WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. NOT A VAMPIRE. DEAL WITH IT."
Pattinson's casting rumor in "Catching Fire" was first sparked by Think McFly Think. The site claimed to hear the words that Lionsgate wanted the British actor to tackle the part of the District 4 heartthrob since the thesp had previously worked together with director Francis Lawrence in "Water for Elephants".
Instead of setting things straight, Lionsgate commented on the issue, "As with the first film, we won't be confirming, denying on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce."
In "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are getting punished for their defiance. They will be forced to compete in a special 75th staging of the Hunger Games, where they must fight against past winners.
Bringing back Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth to the cast ensemble, the film is due to open wide in the U.S. on November 22, 2013.