The ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Cliffhanger Is Inspired by ‘Breaking Bad’

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — finally due out in theaters this Friday — is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. But as director Francis Lawrence explains it, the film also takes some inspiration from a different (and surprising) entertainment source.

In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment, Lawrence discussed the series’ use of cliffhangers — especially the coming one between “Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Mockingjay – Part 2” — and how they infuse the movies with drama while keeping the audience hooked. It’s a tactic used to similar effect in the recently-wrapped TV series “Breaking Bad,” Lawrence explained, a show with which he became obsessed while shooting “Catching Fire.”

Lawrence revealed that he binge-watched episodes of “Breaking Bad” throughout the shoot, and the continually-rising stakes — and abrupt cliff-hangers — made him desperate for more.

“[T]he more I watched those episodes, I just became sort of convinced that you can do that kind of stuff with movies, too,” he told the site. ” … [T]hey opened bold and they end bold, and I just think that that’s fun stuff. … And hopefully, that’s the idea, is make people want more — make people want to see what’s coming next. And look, we’re not making it up, you know? The story’s already out there; it already exists. The big difference with something like ‘Breaking Bad’ and this is obviously, you’ve got to wait a year, as opposed to just waiting a week.”

So there you go: Katniss Everdeen is Walter White. Just, you know, without the cancer and the meth.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters this Friday, November 22.

[via HuffPost Entertainment]

from The Moviefone Blog


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