Quick, who would win in a fight: Mystique from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or Katniss Everdeen?
That's the kind of question that has brought fanboys to blows at Comic-Con before, but for the last month it has also been the subject of a high-stakes battle between Fox and Lionsgate, as both studios need Jennifer Lawrence for their next movie. Luckily for everybody, though, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fox will hold off shooting their next "X-Men" sequel until January, allowing Lawrence to star in "Catching Fire" as planned.
Which is a good thing, because in a fight between Mystique and Katniss, there's really only one loser: The fans.
So just what was the big problem? Well, it's like this: Both "X-Men: First Class," which starred Lawrence as the blue shape changer Mystique, and "The Hunger Games," which of course stars Lawrence as pit fighter Katniss Everdeen, have made a boat load of cash for their respective studios. So naturally, they both are planning sequels.
That's a problem because they both wanted to film their sequels this fall — and since Lawrence is under contract to both studios, well, something had to give. The twist is that, because Lawrence went under contract with Fox first, the next "X-Men" film has legal precedence over "The Hunger Games," meaning if Fox wanted to jam Lionsgate, they could hold up "Catching Fire" for as long as it takes to get "X-Men" done.
Thankfully, Fox has opted to just wait until "Catching Fire" is done; the second "Hunger Games" episode is tentatively slated to start shooting in August or September. So both studios will get their star — and Fox avoids becoming the target of hatred by untold trillions of "Hunger Games" fanatics.
Now there's a fight even Mystique couldn't hope to win.