During the Mockingjay - Part 1 press junket in New York City last weekend, Collider managed to land several fantastic extended interviews with the cast and crew of the film - the biggest interview being with director Francis Lawrence, in which he talks in depth on the editing process for the film and more. It is a very intriguing interview and you can watch the full thing below from their YouTube, we've included some of our favourite little bits below it:
- He promises that he will be on Twitter more following Thanksgiving once work on Part 2 is fully underway!
- The first cut of the film was 2 hours 25 minutes
- The film doesn't end where the script ends, if his comment is to go by it ends (SPOILERS - highlight to read) immediately after Peeta strangles Katniss, credits start right after the cut to black following Boggs knocking Peeta out
- The lack of IMAX-shot footage in both films is due to the difficulty of finding the right places to expand the image to the format - essentially avoiding constant aspect ratio changes.
- There will be 10-12 minutes of deleted scenes on the home media release of the film, more than for Catching Fire, including a scene between Peeta and Snow
- And our favourite - Francis is considering, for the 'marathon' screenings with all 4 films next year, essentially combining the two Mockingjay films, with Part 2 starting immediately following the ending of Part 1, foregoing the end credits (and Yellow Flicker Beat)
There are also a couple of tidbits about his previous work on I Am Legend and Constantine, and the ultimately prophetic appearance of a logo Batman v. Superman in the former...explained by everyone at Warner Brothers playing musical chairs with their film slate!