ATLANTA -- Another Hollywood blockbuster has started production in metro Atlanta.
Lionsgate has begun production work on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the sequel to the movie hit.
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"Catching Fire" will shoot primarily in existing locations in and near Atlanta, the studio said. The film will subsequently be shot on location in the beaches and jungles of Hawaii before wrapping in late December.
The first installment of The Hunger Games franchise has already grossed more than $408 million at the North American box office and nearly $700 million at the box office worldwide.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will be released worldwide on November 22, 2013, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
Said Lionsgate's President of Production Eric Feig, who is overseeing the production on behalf of the studio, "We are so excited to be embarking on this adventure withFrancis Lawrence, who has already exhibited immense creative vision and resourcefulness in casting the film and planning its look and feel. The stakes are raised in every way in this second story, and we are thrilled to get the production underway in these perfect locations, with our excellent returning cast and some world class actors in new roles."
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey said Lionsgate has been a longtime partner of Georgia's entertainment industry and was the first production company to take advantage of the state's new film tax incentives in 2005. "The fact that they are continuing to bring productions including this high profile franchise to Georgia reaffirms their commitment to our talented crew, diverse locations and accessibility," he said.
Fans can win a chance to visit the Atlanta set of "Catching Fire." For details, visit the Hunger Games' contest page on Facebook.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)