Why ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will not be released theatrically in 2019
The Hunger Games films, released theatres around the world in theaters around the globe last year, will not make their U.S. debuts until the summer of 2019.
The movie, which was based on a comic book by Suzanne Collins and has been described as a “political allegory” by some critics, will be released to theaters nationwide in theaters that are part of a deal announced in April by Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
A few weeks ago, Warner Bros., Universal and 20Th Century Fox announced a pact that will see the films made available theatrally in theaters across the United States in 2019.
This deal was announced on the heels of another major movie theater deal between the studios, which will see Universal and Disney make the release of films like Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse to theaters in 2019, and that of the original Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is slated to be released in theaters in December 2019.
Warner Bros. also announced in May that the films, based on the popular novels by Suzanne Plunkett, will go on sale theatratively on July 27, 2019.
Those films are scheduled to open in theaters on June 12, 2019, before going on sale at select theaters around North America on June 17.
Disney is also expected to announce a date for its Star Wars The Last Republic, which opens in theaters nationwide on May 30, 2019; the film is based on George Lucas’ 1977 novel The Empire Strikes Back, which came out in 1977.
While Disney’s deal is more complicated than the other two deals, Warner’s and 20TH Century Fox’s deal will be much easier to make.
Warner Bros.’s deal will allow the films to be made available on-demand and on-premise in theaters.
Universal will be able to make the films available on DVD and on Blu-ray Disc.
The deal is expected to go into effect in the spring of 2020.
Fox is also hoping to be able make the film available on home video in 2020.
If Warner Bros’ deal is approved, Fox and 20 th Century Fox will release the films in theaters, and if Disney’s is not approved, theaters will have the option to make them available on streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and the Disney Channel.
If Disney and 20T do not make it to the fall, the films will likely be available in theaters again on the first week of April 2020.