On Monday filming officially began on the follow up to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, around Atlanta and, surprisingly, so far there has been little fanfare surrounding the shoot.
Here’s what we know so far about where they might be filming over the next few weeks:
As of this morning there were still signs and arrows pointing to the GWCC though we can’t confirm they are definitely filming at this location this week. Some people have told us they are only holding auditions here, others have said it will be one of the film’s main locations so, for now, the jury’s still out on this one.
As for the cast, they seem to be spending a lot of time in North Druid Hills, where it is rumored they are staying for the duration of the shoot.
According to a source on the set, Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence were both there yesterday and Jennifer was spotted working with the bow and arrow.
And, as we’ve mentioned, CL Casting is still handling all of the movie’s extras casting (under the title The Idiom).
If you spot The Hunger Games: Catching Fire filming around Atlanta (signs say “GGX” so be on the lookout!) share your scoop with other fans in the comments below. Hopefully we can use this post as an Open Comments Thread to swap stories and tips! If you’d rather keep your info anonymous, let us know about it privately by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Finally, Here is the official pres release from Lionsgate about the shoot, including info about a new set visit sweepstakes for fans!
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE BEGINS PRODUCTION
Lionsgate Announces Start Of Principal Photography And Set Visit Sweepstakes For Fans
SANTA MONICA, CA (September 10, 2012)- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced the start of principal photography on the highly anticipated sequel to the worldwide blockbuster film THE HUNGER GAMES. Beginning today, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will shoot primarily in existing locations in and near Atlanta, Georgia. The film will subsequently be shot on location in the beaches and jungles of Hawaii before wrapping in late December, 2012.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be released worldwide on November 22, 2013, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
Said Lionsgate’s President of Production Eric Feig, who is overseeing the production on behalf of the studio, “We are so excited to be embarking on this adventure with Francis Lawrence, who has already exhibited immense creative vision and resourcefulness in casting the film and planning its look and feel. The stakes are raised in every way in this second story, and we are thrilled to get the production underway in these perfect locations, with our excellent returning cast and some world class actors in new roles.”
“Lionsgate has been a longtime partner of Georgia’s entertainment industry being the first production company to take advantage of our film tax incentives in 2005. The fact that they are continuing to bring productions including this high profile franchise to Georgia reaffirms their commitment to our talented crew, diverse locations and accessibility,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey.
Lionsgate also announces a global set visit sweepstakes. “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE- Win a Trip to Set” will run September 10th through October 12th 2012, offering twelve lucky fans a chance to visit the set of the film and interact the with cast and crew. To enter, fans based in the participating territories (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Russia, Israel, and Japan) will upload a :30 second video of their top question for the film’s cast. Additionally, “virtual” citizens of Panem will be able to enter by playing The Hunger Games Adventures – one of the top adventure games on Facebook and coming soon to iPad. Full rules and regulations are posted on the contest Facebook tab, and at www.catchingfiresweeps.com.
Thanks to @Peachyscoop and all of our tipsters for the tips and updates about the shoot so far!
UPDATE: They will also be filming at the at the Clayton County International Park “several times throughout late October and November.”
UPDATE: #2: Through the end of September they will be filming at/around the “Brown Lot” near the GWCC/Dome in Atlanta.
UPDATE #3: As of 9/18 trailers are gone at GWCC (though it sounds like there is still some equip there so they will likely be back) and it sounds like they are filming at the Swan House in Atlanta for the next couple of weeks. Details can be found here about the Swan House shoot.