Saturday, 22 November 2014

Francis Lawrence Talks Twitter, 'Mockingjay - Part 1' Deleted Scenes, Split, 4-Hour Marathon Version & More


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!

If you want more - Collider also has extended interviews with our Boggs, Mahershala Ali, and the stunning Natalie Dormer, that you can read and listen to on their site!

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