Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Nearly Finished Shooting ‘Hunger Games’

The Hunger Games Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor's sudden death will not delay release dates of 'Mockingjay' Parts 1 and 2

With Hollywood still in shock over the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lionsgate was forced to consider how it will move forward with the industry’s most lucrative franchise. “The Hunger Games” is currently in production on its final two installments.

Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday morning in New York of an apparent drug overdose, joined the hit franchise in its most recent installment, “Catching Fire,” playing the game master Plutarch Heavensbee. That film grossed a giant $860 million at the worldwide box office.

According to Lionsgate, the majority of Hoffman’s scenes had been completed, with just seven days left to shoot on “Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Release dates (Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015) for either installment will not be affected, Lionsgate said.

The “Mockingjay” shoot began in September in Atlanta and is planned to last into the spring, before shifting to Berlin and Paris for a month, ending in May. Both installments are shooting simultaneously.

Lionsgate released a statement saying, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation.  We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send  our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Hoffman’s part in the last “Hunger Games” became more significant by the end of the film, though it still was a supporting role.

Hoffman’s two completed films, “A Most Wanted Man” and “God’s Pocket,” both have domestic distributors: Roadside Attractions and IFC, respectively.

“A Most Wanted Man” still is scheduled to launch in August, according to Roadside, while IFC has yet to finalize release plans for “God’s Pocket,” which the distrib just acquired at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Additionally, Hoffman was attached to direct the Prohibition era drama “Ezekiel Moss,” which Exclusive Media was set to start selling at the European Film Market in Berlin. The company released a statement saying it will not be presenting the film to buyers, “while producers explore the next steps for the film.”

By comparison, Universal, which delayed the release of “Fast and Furious 7” following the death of Paul Walker, faced a much more daunting task given Walker’s central role in the franchise, added to the fact that much of his footage had yet to be shot. “Fast 7” is slated to bow April 10, 2015.

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  1. Some have wondered if the actor’s passing had anything to do with the recent split between himself and his long term girlfriend and mother of his children, who may have forced him out of their shared home after heightened drug use in front of their children as evidenced by new evidence of out of control behavior rivaling that of a committed junkie

  2. Norman Webster says:

    Perfunctory by the numbers template provided by Lionsguff unbefitting and raucous in it’s incredulity. The range of his performances and the collaborative essences he brought to his roles and the ensembles he performed with were staggering in their opulence and generosity. An actors may pay for the emotive they leave for us and we’re all a little less for this tragic loss, for this person for this great actor. Thoughts turn to his family and friends who helped made him loving generous and talented… bless you

  3. Steve says:

    A great actor and as far as I’m concerned a great man. He was amazing in every role he played and the movie industry is darker without him. RIP. Movie they didn’t mention that I really liked was pirate radio. Great man

  4. Ryan says:

    He did just die today right???? I think we don’t need to worry what movies he didn’t get to finish but mourn the loss of a beloved actor, just at least for 24 hours

    • Ken says:

      There are other articles here that deal with Hoffman the man, the actor, and the shock and loss being felt. One must also remember that Variety is a show biz TRADE journal…of course discussions on how his passing impacts on what may currently be the biggest franchise on the planet are to be expected.

  5. Jeff D says:

    Quick, issue a press release to comfort movie investors! Geez…

    • Larissa says:

      It’s also probably mainly to answer the growing question of “What are they going to do for the Hunger Games!”. That was my second thought after “how old was he? he wasn’t that old! why did he die?”.

      I still wonder what they’ll do, because even though he was 7 days short of completion, those are still PSH-less scenes. Maybe they’ll digitally animate him.

  6. rgold02 says:

    RIP. Sending my condolences to his friends and family. What a great loss.

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