Harry Potter did it. Twilight did it. Now, The Hunger Games is doing it. With book-turned-movie franchises, splitting the final film into two movies is usually done for two reasons: to not miss one single detail or to bring in some big bucks. With the announcement of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay become a four film franchise instead of three, it kind of sounds like money is the number reason who it all.

Lionsgate announced a brand new character will be added to the final films. Prison Break’s Robert Knepper will join the cast as Antonius. We know what you’re thinking: ‘Who?’ Well, according to Deadline, Antonius is “President Snow’s minister.” There will most likely even more characters added to the films, especially considering their going to have to find some way to fill a lot of time.

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Along with this brand new character, series producer Nina Jacobson explained that President Colin, played by Julianne Moore, will be a much bigger role in Mockingjay. “You’ll see that Julianne Moore’s role in Mockingjay is much bigger in the movie than it is in the book,” she said. “Again, in the book, you can only see it from Katniss’ point of view. There are a lot of scenes that Katniss wasn’t a part of that we get to see in the film. Even when we go away from Katniss, it’s always still about her.”

Hm, maybe Lionsgate really want to give Hunger Games fans more to their loved story by expanding it so much. Or they just want more money. Could be that too.

What do you think about brand new characters and story lines being added?

Are you happy about it or wish they would stick to the original?