Today we got news that Lionsgate would offer Mockingjay Part 2 in IMAX 3D, 3D, and 2D formats.
We’re not surprised at this news. Lionsgate seemed headed in that direction by putting Mockingay Part 1’s Chinese release in 3D. And as someone who works in the business world, I’m not surprised either. Especially for a publicly-traded company, the name of the game is growth. Sales growth, profit growth, these things must keep going up or your stock will be headed down, down, down. Offering Mockingjay Part 2 in 3D and IMAX 3D gives an instant boost to the box office potential and assures shareholders that they are going for all the money they can with this final film. It’s also why Lionsgate also said during their conference call with Wall Street analysts that they were exploring prequel and sequel ideas. They have this asset in the Hunger Games franchise, and their shareholders expect them to use it to its full money-making potential.
As someone who loves Suzanne Collins’s books first however, this all just feels so uncomfortable. Although set in some fictional future, we know these books are all about our world now. The widening gap between those with extreme wealth and those in poverty. The use of war and violence as some kind of grotesque entertainment. We love these books for the way they criticize this culture. We know this final film will indeed be “action packed” but a lot of this action, if it follows the book, is very violent, and filled with death. Violence and death are not something to be glorified but something with awful consequences. Putting this story in 3D format, even if done with the utmost care, runs a huge risk at glorifying those things. Francis Lawrence has done a tremendous job with the past two movies, but a 3D conversion of this subject matter concerns us a lot.
The message in the graphic above talks of giving the fans choice. And it’s true, we can choose to see the film in 2D or 3D. I’m sure there will be no shortage of screens for us to see the movie in either format. (IMAX may only be 3D). But all in all, we can’t help feeling that the Capitol has won this battle.
At least we got some news today?