Director Francis Lawrence, who took over directorial duties from Gary Ross, reveals that he echoed the fans' concerns, and that this love story will be finally be featured more prominently in his sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Another aspect of The Hunger Games that fans complained about was the use of 'shaky cam' during the action sequences in the battle area. The filmmaker put those worries to rest, saying that won't happen in the sequel.
The director also shared an anecdote about Jennifer Lawrence, who told him that she always made a strange face when she was running in The Hunger Games.
When asked whether Josh Hutcherson is the shortest actor on the set in this follow-up, the filmmaker revealed that he is not, although Jennifer Lawrence essentially can't wear heels.
He also talked about the improvements in the special effects department, teasing a "monkey-mutt" attack that was handled by the Australian special effects house Weta.
There are several new additions to the cast, including Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Julianne Moore, who appears in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 as Alma Coin. The filmmaker spoke about how these actors' love for Suzanne Collins' books brought them on board.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Taylor St. Clair, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.