NEWTOWN, Conn. -- "Hunger Games" author Suzanne Collins of Newtown posted a Facebook thank-you message to the cast and crew just the before the final movie in the series opens Friday, Nov. 20.
"Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands. But before I do, I’d like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise," Collins said.
In an earlier letter Collins had credited director Gary Ross for his wonderful rendering of the first book, but the author says she now needs to thank Francis Lawrence, who helmed the rest of the moves in the franchise.
"Creating three big budget films in three years, that’s a feat in itself. But I doubt many could do it with his incredible visual style,edge-of-your-seat action sequences, and hardcore commitment to difficult themes. Thank you, Francis, for showing up, for staying, for always hearing me out, for your unfailing good nature, and for bringing your remarkable talent to these films," she added.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" is the fourth movie in the series, based on Collins' books.
Collins added that it was a pleasure and an education for her to work with the crew and watch them weave their magic.
"There’s no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life.
"And for the rest of the cast, if I had a chance, who would I replace in these films? No one... Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, color, humor and pain."
In addition, Collins went onto thank the production crew and designers and others, including the readers and filmgoers. " Finally, to all the readers and viewers who have accompanied Katniss on her journey, thank you for playing a role in 'The Hunger Games,' you are truly a vital part of the experience."
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