Lionsgate has just let loose a veritable Cornucopia of release details. Only shortly after confirming the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman to the cast of Catching Fire, the studio has announced that they plan to split Mockingjay—the final novel in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy—into two separate films: the ingeniously titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. The plan is to make this a yearly event through 2015, with Catching Fire hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part 1 on November 21, 2014, and Mockingjay, Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. That way, each Thanksgiving, Americans can give thanks that they’re not being forced to fight to the death as a spectator sport, even if holidays with the family can make it feel that way.
This is just the latest example of Hollywood taking the ax to a golden goose in an effort to double their success rates and extend the film series. And based on the take of other meiotic franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight, it’s highly possible that splitting Mockingjay will result in two golden geese. At least, that’s what Lionsgate is hoping.