Lionsgate announced early this morning that the Universal Pictures, one of the major movie studios, has acquired the rights to distribute The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Italy.
Here's the report from The Hollywood Reporter:
BANFF, ALBERTA – Lionsgate has inked a deal with Universal Pictures that hands the studio the distribution rights in Italy to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The deal expands Lionsgate’s relationship with Universal Pictures after earlier releases of the Step Up franchise, What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Cabin in the Woods in Italy.
Universal Pictures now gets the next installment of the Hunger Games franchise.
The agreement was unveiled by Lionsgate motion picture group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will go into production in September, ahead of a worldwide release on November 22, 2013.