Talk about counting your chickens before they’ve hatched. Lionsgate has set a release date for the sequel to “The Hunger Games,” which is still currently in development. The studio is so certain that the Gary Ross directed film will be a success that they’ve set the sequel “Cathcing Fire” for a Thanksgiving weekend release on November 22nd, 2013.

Lionsgate COO and Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake had this to say about the announcement:

The magical thing about the Hunger Games trilogy is that the books have such a vastly broad appeal. The stories truly offer something for everyone, and the period around the Thanksgiving weekend is such an opportunity for families and friends to make an event of going to the movies.

It’s to be seen whether there really is any actual interest in “The Hunger Games,” which has been highly touted as the next “Harry Potter.” Of course so has a lot of other properties such as “Narnia” and ” Percy Jackson” which while finding success, have fallen short in terms of box office expectation.

Source: THR