'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' To Light Up IMAX Screens

Sequel will become sixth major studio film to be partially shot in IMAX when it's released next November.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that for the second film in the "Hunger Games" series, new director Francis Lawrence wants to make "Catching Fire" even bigger than its predecessor. And now we know exactly how big Katniss, Peeta, and Gale will be in the sequel: 70 feet tall.

According to an announcement from Lionsgate, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will feature sequences shot in the IMAX format when it opens in theaters in November of next year.

Lionsgate digitally remastered the first "Hunger Games" film for the IMAX format, but this will be the first time in the series that sequences will actually be shot in the much larger format.

The IMAX showings for "The Hunger Games" greatly contributed to that film's huge box-office presence, which is nearing the $650 million mark in global ticket sales, thanks in part to higher ticket prices, and should remain a factor when the movie opens in China later this month.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will only be the sixth major studio release to be partially shot in IMAX. Christopher Nolan began the trend when he shot roughly a half an hour of his Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" on 70mm IMAX film. The follow-up to that film, "The Dark Knight Rises," is said to contain close to an hour of IMAX footage. Most recently, Brad Bird filmed key action set pieces for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" in the larger format.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in theaters on November 23, 2013.

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