'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Set to Shoot in Atlanta

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No one expected 'The Hunger Games' to do as well as it did. Sure, everyone was expecting a big hit, but no one was expecting the major blockbuster numbers the film pulled off when it was released back in March. Naturally, Lionsgate did the fiscally (if not creatively) responsible thing: they put a sequel on the front burner and turned up the heat. Today, it was revealed that 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is set to begin filming in Atlanta this July.

The first film was shot in North Carolina, where director Gary Ross took advantage of the state's rural and heavily wooded locations to create both District 10 and the deadly battleground upon which Katniss, Peeta and the others fought to the death. Transporting the sequel production to Atlanta will make sense to anyone who has read the second book and been to Georgia.

(MINOR SPOILERS from the second book in the following paragraph!)

The sequel finds our heroes and a whole host of winners from previous Hunger Games forced to return to the games, an "anniversary special" of sorts where the real goal is to simply have Katniss killed. The arena couldn't be more different than the one featured in part one: it's a tropical island surrounded by jungle, with a rotating series of disasters and calamities that circle the arena like a clock, decimating whoever is unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The state of Georgia is not only home to rural areas that will allow for the easy recreation of District 10, it's home to beautiful tropical coasts and islands, many of them just as dangerous and exotic as "real" jungles.

It's a good choice and in typical Lionsgate fashion, it's a cheaper choice. What do you think, 'Hunger Games' fans?

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is set for a November 22, 2013 release.

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