TNT has inked a deal with Lionsgate for network television rights to The Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. The acquisition includes the network premiere windows for the next two Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens in theaters this November, and Mockingjay – Part 2, set for theatrical release in November 2015. The deal also includes network premiere windows for all four Divergent movies, including the first one, which grossed over $150 million at the domestic box office this year, and Insurgent, which is set for theatrical release in March 2015.
In addition, TNT gets a second window to the first two Hunger Games films – The Hunger Games (2012) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), whose network premiere rights are owned by ABC Family.
The Hunger Games is slated to air on TNT for the first time in winter 2015, and the network will add the second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in winter 2016. Both films will complement TNT’s network premiere launch of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in 2017, and in 2018 TNT will be able to air all four Hunger Games films concurrently. TNT’s network premiere window for the smash hit Divergent will begin in 2016, with the additional three films in the series coming to the network over the next three years.
This is a rare major blockbuster movie acquisition deal for TNT, an area that has been dominated by FX in the past couple of years, with the network snapping virtually all No.1 openers, including Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3, Fast & The Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness.