- Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright
- Director: Francis Lawrence
- Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt
- Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
- Co Producer: Aldric La'auli Porter
- Executive Producers: Suzanne Collins, Joseph Drake, Louise Rosner, Alli Shearmur
- Art Direction: John Collins
- Casting: Debra Zane
- Costume Design: Trish Summerville
- D.O.P.: Jo Willems
- Editor: Alan Edward Bell
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Philip Messina
- Set Decoration: Larry Dias
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA; Hawaii, USA; New Jersey, USA
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language
- Production Budget: $140 million
- Production Companies: Color Force, Lionsgate
- Production Schedule: 11 September 2012 - December 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "It was a $78 million gamble for Lionsgate, but it paid off in spades. This year's film adaptation of the first of author Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy pulled in $686 million worldwide. It was one of the year's best performers, and a gross on par with the second, third and fourth "Twilight" films. While "Twilight" struggled with critics though, 'Hunger' got good reviews from all corners with Jennifer Lawrence's work in particular frequently praised.
No surprise then that Lionsgate rushed forward with a sequel that has been shooting over the past couple of months, with filming wrapping just before Christmas. Some scheduling issues briefly arose regarding Jennifer Lawrence, while Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend," "Constantine") takes over the director's chair for this outing. Ultimately though, everything came together pretty smoothly. Some fans still have issues with certain casting choices, namely British hunk Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, but otherwise the sentiment for the project seems to be fairly positive.
In this film, Katniss and Peeta embark on the Victors Tour of the districts as they try to forget their time in the arena. With rebellion simmering, and talk that some people in the annihilated District 13 have survived, President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games - aka. The Quarter Quell. 24 victors of the games from the past quarter-century are forced to compete again.
While heading back into the arena sounds like a retread of material covered in the first story, 'Fire' adds some more intriguing elements this time out to shake up the premise and shift the direction of the series more toward the insurrection war story it becomes in the third book. The arena scenes here, shot in Hawaii and set in a jungle by a salt water lake, are all being shot natively with IMAX cameras - just like the most recent "Mission: Impossible.""