|Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth at 2013 San Diego Comic-Con promoting |
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This year’s run of movie panels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday have some impressive selections from Daniel Radcliffe’s first appearance to the return of Channing Tatum and whatever Marvel Studios has up their sleeve. That being said, there is still room for a number of surprises on this year’s schedule. For example, what Paramount will preview during its Thursday hour is not 100% clear. Warner Bros. has 2 hours allotted to a “Hobbit” panel which means a minimum of an hour for other films that have not been announced. 20th Century Fox has more than enough time in its own 2-hour block to bring out an unexpected guest (or four).
Scouring the schedule, however, does confirm a number of expected films that won’t make the trip to San Diego and it also includes a few participants we didn’t think would grace the Hall H faithful with their presence. Let’s review, shall we?
No panel for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”…that’s because Lionsgate also decided not to bring down the “Hunger Games” crew (aka Jennifer Lawrence and company) for “Mockingjay, Pt. 1.” Considering they made the trip for both the first film and “Catching Fire” its somewhat odd. The studio has stuck with their model of big events at Cannes and Comic-Con up until now. Perhaps Lawrence was serious when she said she wants to take some time off and Hemsworth or Hutcherson were busy with other projects. At this point, we can only speculate that they’ll likely return in 2015 for one last gasp before “Mockingjay, Pt. 2″ (maybe).