New 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Trailer, New Coldplay Song and Differences from the Book

Three changes from the book, lyrics for the new Coldplay song and a new trailer

Hunger Games: Catching Fire new trailer
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Photo: Lionsgate

A swath of new information regarding the upcoming The Hunger Games sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has arrived in the last 24 hours or so beginning with the news Coldplay has a new song for the film titled "Atlas" and the single drops on August 26. To go along with the announcement, the band released the following image previewing the lyrics to the song:

Coldplay Atlas Lyrics

Next, the cast and crew revealed some changes from the book to the movie to EW, perhaps so as to give fans a heads up so they won't complain once the film is released.

The first is director Francis Lawrence speaking of Josh Hutcherson's Peeta saying they "manned him up a little." He adds, "And by the way it didn't take a lot, just little choices to make here and there. The story doesn't really change, his relationship with Katniss doesn't change, he's just a different kind of character."

Secondly there will apparently be a new way of introducing District 13's existence rather than via District 8 escapees, Bonnie and Twill, and third, the Darius character who intervenes during the whipping of Gale (Liam Hemsworth) has been removed, but there are no further details on what the changes may be.

And finally, a new international trailer has premiered, which you can view directly below.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters on November 22.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

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  • Shaun Heenan

    I hope it's as funny as the ridiculous song in the Pacific Rim credits.

  • navaneethks

    Hoping it's better than the first movie.

    Do any of you plan on reading the books after the movies?

    • andyluvsfilms

      I'm not a big reader to be honest so i would have to say never, ever.

    • lalecture

      I read the books last year which I really enjoyed. The second and third books are much more complex and thrilling. I'll probably reread Catching Fire right before it's film release. I think one needs to be a bit of a sci fi and/or political type fan to fully realize the story's significance.
      I think PSH is a perfect choice to play this pivotal role in the story.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Trailer looks good and its a coup for the film that PSH is involved, Woody Harrelson's hair looks to be the only negative ;-)

  • Django

    Coldplay make some terrific songs melodically but man do their lyrics blow. So very, very bland.

    • TC (Condemn or Condone)

      Agreed. Chris Martin definitely lacks in the songwriting department. Still, as you said, he can come up with some solid melodies. Hopefully this song brings the latter, at least.

    • Adu

      Agreed, but I have learnt to overlook their lyrics and just enjoy the rest over the years.

      • Django

        Oh definitely, same here. I've been a fan pretty much since their debut. But reading the lyrics without hearing the music makes you realize what a poor lyricist Chris Martin is sometimes. The lyrics to Viva La Vida are really quite impressive though.

  • Paul Hennen

    I have to admit the first movie was a little bit of a let-down for me, I didn't see what was go great about Jennifer Lawrence's acting (what makes her different from Kristen Stewart aside from being in a better film series?), and it was kind of slow, only to blow up action non-stop and then hault again. I think it could've been put together better. This said, I love the atmosphere, the survival concept, the rich people looking like Lady Gaga took over the world (except if she actually did she'd be nice to everyone).

    This sequel looks 10x better on the concept alone. No more kids who have no clue what their doing, experienced killers in battle combat, decisions to be made to stop uprising which surely has to heat up, possibly more answers about the destroyed district...but can we get Adele or John Mayer instead of Coldplay?
    Oh and on the plus side these movies seem like they actually put effort in their soundtracks and don't use total crap like they did in Twilight. Seriously, hate it or not, the movies did have bad acting and elements were moved around, Stephenie Meyers book playlists consisted of 1/4 of the kind of film music they used and 3/4 stuff like Linkin Park, Evanescence (Going Under for when she tries to kill herself in the water), etc.

  • Newbourne

    Katniss and Peeta BOTH find themselves in the same exact predicament all over again?? This is Hangover 2 all over again. What a silly way to continue this saga. Why not have her sister in the 2nd Hunger Games and Katniss is her coach?? Nope, instead they just redo the first movie's plot all over again. Pathetic.

    • Angel

      They aren't in the same predicament. It actually looks as if they're following the book quite well -- and the 2nd book deals with different issues, namely the start of a rebellion. Don't be so quick to judge.

    • lalecture

      I sort think of it like the same but better! Same predicament ideologically but the nature of the characters and their mindset is altered somewhat.
      It's not an attempt to manufacture a story so they can make another movie.
      It is more act two of a three act story

      • Newbourne

        "Same predicament ideologically but the nature of the characters and their mindset is altered somewhat" That's basically the difference between Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man.

        And yeah, it's definitely an attempt to manufacture a situation in which Katniss is drafted into the Hunger Games AGAIN. Let me guess. The big difference is that she DOESN'T win it this time?? But dun dun dun she survives anyway!! TWIST!!

        • lalecture

          Ok, you got me to laugh at that one! You have a point in your critique. I hate trumped up sequels as well. But I dont consider this one a "trumped up" sequel. The series is designed as a trilogy as are The Lord of the Rings. I do think the second book or film of a trilogy is the most challenging as it tries to create a seamless bridge between the first and third.
          I like the stories a lot so I am admittedly biased. Maybe it's not quite your thing.
          Im looking forward to the "non trumped up" film release of "The Amazing" Katniss (Catching Fire)!! Cheers

  • B. Smith

    I have to say that Catching Fire was my least favorite out of all of the books. It just seemed like a rehash of the 1st book, with some set up for Mockingjay. Also maybe it's just me, but I feel like these movies would probably have to be hard-R to really do them justice.

    • lalecture

      Id have to agree with you about the books. Mockingjay was my favorite of the three. But only because Catching Fire set it up so well.
      An R rated version would allow the film to best represent the book. Obviously, with the demographic of the readers, rating it PG-13 was the smart move.