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Report: Hunger Games sequel to film in Atlanta

images“The Hunger Games” sequel will film in the Atlanta area this summer through winter, according to a well-placed source with direct knowledge of the project.

“Catching Fire,” the second of the Hunger Games trilogy, will film July through December in metro Atlanta and beyond, our source says.

Movie and entertainment sites such as MTV.com have avidly been discussing who might be joining lead actress Jennifer Lawrence in the next movie to be adapted from Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally best selling young adult novels, with names like Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund being bandied about and “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson dismissing rumors that he had signed on.

The first “Hunger Games” movie, which set the box office afire like Katniss’ flaming chariot, was filmed in North Carolina. Members of the cast visited Atlanta just prior to the movie’s much anticipated release.

Hunger Games" cast members Jack Quaid, from left, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Leven Rambin and Liam Hemsworth visited Atlanta in March, just before the movie was released. They're shown here at a Lenox Square appearance..

Hunger Games" cast members Jack Quaid, from left, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Leven Rambin and Liam Hemsworth visited Atlanta in March, just before the movie was released. They're shown here at a Lenox Square appearance..

In addition to a switch in filming location, the movie series is switching directors, as Gary Ross announced earlier this year he would not be returning for “Catching Fire.”

“The Hunger Games” series tells the story of a post apocalyptic world in which young people are forced by an all powerful central government to compete in gruesome fights to the finish while enraptured viewers watch all the action.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Jeff

June 1st, 2012
10:12 am

Allatoona or Lanier for the actual arena this time would certainly work…

Benjie Anderson

June 1st, 2012
10:19 am

Outstanding!!! Who’s casting? Where do I feed my hunger?

Tag Hunter

June 1st, 2012
10:24 am

Way to go Wilbur!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa

June 1st, 2012
10:30 am

Exciting! Maybe I’ll see about Extras casting, I was an extra when We Are Marshall filmed here.

DDUNK

June 1st, 2012
10:32 am

Didn’t like the first one… The book spoiled me… As for filming here in Atlanta, there are many locations here that will bring out the raw, savage land of the arena!!!

Jill

June 1st, 2012
10:41 am

Sweetwater Creek State Park would be perfect!

buko

June 1st, 2012
10:55 am

Its funny that Atlanta is picked for the Zombie and Apocalyptic movies now…in the “70’s and 80’s it was picked for the hillbillies.

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June 1st, 2012
11:03 am

John

June 1st, 2012
12:35 pm

The arena is a tropical setting in Catching Fire.

Squeal Like A Pig

June 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

Very cool that the sequel will be filmed in GA. Tallulah Gorge area would be nice, as would many parts of North GA (Blue Ridge, Hiawassee, etc)….

Larry S

June 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

I agree Sweetwater State park would be a great location…It’s close to Atlanta and looks very rural

Larry S

June 1st, 2012
12:58 pm

Sweetwater Creek State Park would be perfect! It is close to Atlanta and very rural looking

buko

June 1st, 2012
1:02 pm

Maybe they should combine Hunger Games with Deliverance with the mountain men

rob

June 1st, 2012
1:28 pm

maybe the GA Dome, they could use it as a battle, blow it up, and then build the Falcons a new stadium!!!

matt

June 1st, 2012
1:58 pm

I always imagined the arena being on some island in the middle of the pacific

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Charlie S

June 1st, 2012
3:11 pm

I thought the first one was filmed in KY. They didn’t even have to hire costume designers, find extras or build sets for the home district. (That’s for my Wildcats loving cousins in the Bitter Jelly commonwealth.)

feed me

June 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

flim it in riverdale, kids going at it everyday down here…….

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June 1st, 2012
4:53 pm

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Filming?

June 1st, 2012
7:13 pm

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Vinxy

June 1st, 2012
7:40 pm

They say Atlanta but I wonder if they will film more out toward savannah for the CF arena is supposed to be tropical, very humid with an ‘ocean’. Then maybe Sweetwater or Tallulah Gorge for other districts. Im super happy though. Would love to be an extra.

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June 2nd, 2012
12:07 am

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bob

June 2nd, 2012
11:08 am

rumored that they have scouted southeast georgia for more tropical scenes. Also amicola falls got a look as well.

joey

June 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

hey all you dems/liberals… these companies are coming to GA to do business because of LOW TAXES. Of course they’d rather do it in Cali but it is waaaaay to expensive when you can get equally good shots in a cheaper area.

Mr. Magic........

June 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

Exactly what we need………Nothing….We rock…..And nothing more…….Forever…..Atlanta……

kirk

June 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

joey…they are here because of the TAX EXEMPTIONS…which some could argue is a form of corporate welfare. It doesn’t work well everywhere..like Michigan, who gave away the store practically and is now rethinking their policies. I do think its a win/win for Georgia–at least for now.

YAWN

June 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

WONDERFUL For those cast for roles and FLOWN in. MEANS nothing for the talented ACTORS in Atlanta who end us as glorified EXTRAS. The agencies in Georgia are pretty much USELESS when it comes to getting any real exposure to auditioning for these types of movies.

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Ron burgundy

June 3rd, 2012
7:55 pm

The sequel need a FreaKnik feel!