Film studio Lionsgate announces that the final installment in bestselling book trilogy The Hunger Games will be split into two films.
According to Lionsgate, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released in November 2014, with Part 2 to follow 12 months later.
The film franchise is based on the teen science-fiction books by Suzanne Collins.
The first movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, smashed box office records when it was released in March.
It has now taken $678 million worldwide and is currently the year’s second highest-grossing film in the US, behind The Avengers.
The final installment in bestselling book trilogy The Hunger Games will be split into two films
Jennifer Lawrence plays rebel heroine Katniss Everdeen, who is trained to fight to the death in televised competitions in a future US society called Panem.
The second installment. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is due in cinemas in November 2013 and will be directed by Francis Lawrence of I Am Legend fame.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed up to play games master Plutarch Heavensbee in the sequel.
Filming is due to start in September, with Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Donald Sutherland all confirmed to reprise their original roles.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay follows the example set by the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises.
In both cases, the final books in the teen literary franchises have generated two separate films.
Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy currently holds the top three places in the UK’s children’s bestseller list of 2012.
Sony Pictures has confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man is the first film in a new trilogy for the franchise.
A sequel to the reboot, starring British actor Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, has already been given the go-ahead for release in May 2014.
Sony revealed news of a third new installment on the film’s Facebook page earlier this week.
The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, was released in the UK and the US on Tuesday.
The new film broke US box office records for a Tuesday opening taking $35 million, and went on to take another $23.4 million on Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday.
Sony Pictures has confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man is the first film in a new trilogy for the franchise
The fourth Spider-Man marks a new start for the franchise, after director Sam Raimi’s three record-breaking films between 2002 and 2007, starring Toby Maguire in the title role.
By Friday, more than 11,800 fans had “liked” the Facebook announcement confirming another two films.
The post read: “It’s finally here. The Amazing Spider-Man is the first instalment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero’s journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.”
Co-starring Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field, the film retells the story of how a radioactive spider bite enhances teenager Peter Parker’s strength, agility and senses.
It is thought the franchise could expand further, with a spin-off in development for Spider-Man baddie Venom and reports that Marvel Comics’ supervillains, the Sinister Six, could also feature.
This year has already seen box office success for Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers, which has taken $1.45 billion worldwide so far.
Another comic book hero returns on 20 July, when Warner Bros release the third and final Batman film from director Christopher Nolan.
The Dark Knight Rises sees Christian Bale back in the lead role, with co-stars Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy.