The Hunger Games Trilogy Split Into 4 Films

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Taking a cue from the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Lionsgate announced Wednesday that The Hunger Games trilogy will be extended into a four-film series.

No word yet on where the split will happen in the storyline, but CEO Jon Feltheimer is anxious to see how fans react to the highly-anticipated first film. "The property is generating tremendous buzz and excitement, and it all points to a major Lionsgate franchise in the making," he said during a conference call on Wednesday (via E! News).

"We have distributors who consider this as their big brand next year, the movie that can change their company," added motion picture group president Joe Drake.

The all-star cast includes Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, 20, The Last Song's Liam Hemsworth, 21, The Kids Are All Right's Josh Hutcherson, 18, new mom Elizabeth Banks, 37, Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, 49, Golden Globe winner Stanley Tucci, 50, rocker Lenny Kravitz, 47, and acting legend Donald Sutherland, 75.