While I’m disappointed that producers decided to split the final Hunger Games story into two films, since I won’t get to see the conclusion for another year or more, I’m excited that the first chapter is hitting theaters soon. I really thought that the filmmakers did a great job with Catching Fire, and I’m hoping that they will give the same level of care to this film.
As a huge music fan, I was very impressed with the soundtracks of the first two films. Recently, Lorde was appointed as the curator for the soundtrack of the newest film, which has me even more excited to see it. I think she’s an excellent choice, as she already has experience with the soundtrack process and the Hunger Games franchise after recording “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the Catching Fire soundtrack.
Already, Lorde has attracted some current big names to the soundtrack, as well as some older favorites. Rumors point to tracks by Diplo, Charli XCX, Grace Jones, and Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran. After the success of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” for the soundtrack of The Fault in Our Stars, I’m perhaps most excited to hear what she’ll offer up for Mockingjay.
In addition, Lorde has recorded her own song for the soundtrack, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” which she recently released as a single. Online, she described it as her attempt to get inside the head of Katniss Everdeen and experience the events in the story from her perspective. Lorde’s deep, melancholy voice is perfect for the dystopian mood of the series, I think, and the song is dark yet catchy.
Apparently, work on the soundtrack is just about done, so I’m excited to see which other artists have lent their talents to the film. Lorde has handpicked everyone who will appear on the soundtrack and has supposedly tried to cultivate a new-wave sound for the film, which would be a bit of a turn from the indie-centric soundtracks of the past two movies.
Mockingjay, Part One is set to hit theaters in November, so look for the soundtrack on shelves soon!