I’m a trusting type of gal, so when the Hunger Games people announced that they were splitting the third book, Mockingjay, into two movies I was like, “Ooookay, that seems a little money-grubby, but I guess they know what they’re doing.”
After all, every other young adult book-turned-movie from Harry Potter to Twilight has done exactly the something with the final film in the series, so I figured it was probably just one of those dumb things that people do to fit in. (Like when I got cornrows on a vacation to Mexico in seventh grade, even though those are widely understood to be incredibly stupid-looking on gangly seventh grade girls with sunburned scalps. EVERYONE WAS DOING IT.)
But after mentally making all those excuses for them, we just got proof that the decision to split the book into two movies was completely arbitrary after all. It’s really looking like this was something that they did to make more money, and not in order to be able to tell the story in a more cohesive way or to fit in all the action. It was to increase profits, which wouldn’t be that offensive, except for the fact that that they’re now creating new characters and content to fill the empty space that they created when they made this into two movies.
— Catching Fire (@TheHungerGames) December 11, 2013
As proof of that, the newest person added to the franchise is Robert Knepper, previously known for his work on Prison Break, who will play ‘Antonius’ in Mockingjay 1 and 2. Except as EW pointed out, that’s not a real character from the book. He was created just for the movie for some reason, which makes me suspicious that they’re working on a brand new storyline in addition to the existing one in order to play for time. This might end up being a fun addition, like when they gave us behind-the-scenes looks in the first movie of game-makers scenes that didn’t take place in the book, but unfortunately, my suspicion at this point is that they’re just trying to run out the clock.