With about a month and a half until it’s out in theaters, Lionsgate has released the first TV spot for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The spot features the love triangle elements between Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne. Director Francis Lawrence will supposedly make a better effort than his predecessor Gary Ross on emphasizing the romantic element the sequel film. According to the new director, the love triangle is one of the more important aspects to understanding Katniss’ motivations for survival, and will play in a bigger part of the emerging rebellion against the Capitol.
The Catching Fire teaser also highlights the film’s future tech that was largely missing from the first Hunger Games movie. Lionsgate increased the production budget with Catching Fire, so you can watch Francis Lawrence put that money to good use with the film’s CGI and expansive world building. Catching Fire looks and feels more dynamic and vast with new bullet trains, hovercraft, and a larger Capitol. Of course, shooting parts of the film in IMAX would also increase the film’s budget, but it seems well worth it considering that Catching Fire is tracking to make almost $1 billion worldwide.
Building off the film’s tone in the TV spot is the new single from British rock band Coldplay. Their song “Atlas” was the first single released from the sequel film’s soundtrack, which isn’t available for purchase until November. While the song isn’t impressive on its own, it actually feels very fitting when placed against the images of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “Atlas” feels like it really belongs in the world author Suzanne Collins and director Francis Lawrence created in the new film.
A few weeks ago, Lionsgate and Republic Records released a few tracks from the Catching Fire soundtrack, including new songs from Christina Aguilera and Australian pop star Sia, but they have yet to release any others. The soundtrack will be released a week before the movie, so hopefully we’ll hear more before then.
We recently got to see the training sequence from Catching Fire, which showcases more of the film’s bigger budget and a few of the Tributes featured in the 75th Hunger Games. We get a better look at the characters Johanna Mason, Gloss, and the sharp-toothed Enobaria from District 2. A new Japanese trailer also surfaced, which highlights the film’s struggle between the haves and the have-nots.
The Hunger Games sequel follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as they return home to District 12 after winning the 74th Hunger Games. As champion, Katniss quickly becomes the new face of hope for the people of Panem. Katniss and Peeta return to the Capitol for the annual Victory Tour and participate in the Third Quarter Quell, or 75th Hunger Games, which is composed of the winning Tributes from the past 25 years.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters on November 22nd, in IMAX.