Lionsgate's 'Hunger Games' Wraps in North Carolina


The studio's first movie in the trilogy of adaptations from Suzanne Collins' novels is set for theatrical release March 23, 2012.

TORONTO -- Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games is in the can.

The mini-major on Thursday said principal photography in North Carolina on the film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name is completed, ahead of a March 23, 2012 theatrical release.

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