Lionsgate has already announced that neither ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ film would be affected by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death, but insiders report that one very crucial scene is now in jeopardy.
Philip Seymour Hoffman brought depth and integrity to every role he took on, and he wowed audiences with his portrayal of head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire last November. Now, insiders are reporting that a major scene from Mockingjay — Part 2 is hanging in the balance after Philip’s tragic death.
‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Suffers From Phillip Seymour Hoffman Death
Philip had already completed filming Mockingjay — Part 1 when he died of a suspected heroin overdose on Sunday, Feb. 2, but he still had seven days left on Part 2. Now, insiders are reporting that those seven days were going to include a very intense, emotional scene that was crucial in the books that inspired the novels — but filmmakers are confident that they can make it work.
“We’re all extraordinarily sad,” a Lionsgate executive tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
However, when asked about the one crucial scene, the executive refused to respond, saying that he didn’t want to spoil something that won’t be released until November of 2015. THR‘s source claims that this is because this one “major scene” in the film is the only one that they haven’t been able to work around using digital technology.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to figure it out soon — Mockingjay should be a beautiful, final testament to Philip’s extraordinary talent, and his role in the films will expand after Catching Fire, as Plutarch becomes a major figure in the revolution and a mentor to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence).
‘Hunger Games’ Cast Mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman
Filming on Mockingjay — Part 2 resumed the week after Philip’s death, and the cast — along with filmmaker director Francis Lawrence, and Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins — released a public statement on Feb. 2.
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now,” they said. “Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
— Shaunna Murphy