Panem Channels Gotham City as 'Catching Fire' Goes IMAX

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Move over, Christopher Nolan — you're not the only director who can handle those big ol' IMAX cameras.

Panem is set to look even more vast and imposing as parts of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will be shot using IMAX cameras, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Director Francis Lawrence (taking over from "Games"-maker Gary Ross) will shoot key sequences of the film in the IMAX format, much in the same way that Christopher Nolan did with certain parts of "The Dark Knight."

This production decision was most certainly brought on by the fact that "The Hunger Games" did rather well in IMAX theaters, earning an extra $10.6 million via the super-sized screens in its opening weekend alone. And its IMAX run isn't over — the film is set to open in 67 IMAX theaters in China later this month.

IMAX is so big that you can see it all the way from outer space, too. MTV reports that J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek 2" will get an IMAX 3D release on May 17, 2013, as several big action scenes in the sequel were shot on the IMAX format.

This is cool and all, but there are practical as well as business-related problems with this model. For one, there just aren't that many IMAX screens through which we can see these movies "as the director intended." For another ... well, some people just don't like IMAX. Sitting in the back row of an IMAX theater seems to kind of defeat the purpose of the format, and yet that's usually the first row to fill up.

We like things big around here, though, especially if it involves "The Hunger Games." We'll definitely be seeing "Catching Fire" on the largest screen possible when it opens on Nov. 22, 2013.