Last week we got a small blurb on Mockingjay in the Entertainment Weekly Fall Preview Edition, but now the mag has shared a bit more about the film in an online article. Director Francis Lawrence spoke with EW and shared some fantastic details on Katniss mindset, how they are broadening our look at Panem and more.
On where Katniss is emotionally:
“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss….Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”
Francis promises the film won’t all be a downer:
“There’s definitely some battles. There’s some of the first glimpses of real war in this movie. And the scale gets quite big,” he reveals. “There’s an atonal shift from some of the last movies, but they’re still very emotional, very sweeping, [on a] grand scale with some levity and humor.”
Lawrence also promises there aren’t any major changes from the book, although some “elements” were created with Suzanne’s approval to surprise even the most dedicated tributes. They also took the chance to open up the world and show more of Panem.
“Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book,” Lawrence says. “For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large.”
And a slight change that should make all of us happy…more Julianne Moore as Coin!
“What’s interesting is although she’s a huge character in Mockingjay the book, there’s actually very little of her in it,” notes Lawrence. “There’s more of her in this than in the book and because of that, there’s some development.”
The conflict Katniss feels about both Gale and Peeta will remain in tact. Though the magazine calls it a Love Triangle, we fans know it’s a much more complicated than that.
“With Mockingjay – Part I it’s tricky because Peeta is out of reach for her,” notes the director. “Obviously he becomes an objective for her, but Gale is right there, so that’s always a tricky situation.”
Francis is staying tight lipped on where the split in Mockingjay will occur, but promises the two films will be “distinct” from one another.
While Lawrence won’t reveal how he divided the final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy (“That’s going to be one of the really good surprises,” he says), he shares that the films will have “two different, very distinct stories.”
“Those objectives became the motives for us,” Lawrence explains. “This is where the meaning of the entire series comes into play. The answer to why these books exist exists in Mockingjay, and that’s really been exciting to me. That’s been kind of what I’ve hung on to through these stories.”
Once again we are reminded just how lucky we are as a fandom that Francis Lawrence took up the reins for the last 3 films. He just “gets it” and that last quote from him makes this tribute very happy. Mockingjay is my favorite, and it’s in the absolute best hands!