Filmmakers to Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman for HUNGER GAMES Final Scene
According to The New York Post, filmmakers for the upcoming installment of THE HUNGER GAMES franchise will digitally recreate the remaining scene which was to feature late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday, February 2nd of an apparent drug overdose.
With the exception of seven days of shooting, the actor had finished filming the majority of his scenes for the THE HUNGER GAMES Mockingjay Part 2. in his role as rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee. The film is set to hit theaters in November 2015.
According to the report, editors will use "computer graphics and camera tricks" rather than reworking the storyline to film the scene. "You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you're not focusing on him but the people he's talking to," an insider from the film company Lionsgate told Hollywood Reporter.
"We're all extraordinarily sad," said a Lionsgate executive. "But as it relates to production, it's going to have no impact. Obviously, we're going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him."
Following the tragic news of Hoffman's death, Lionsgate released a statement expressing the studio's condolences: "Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We're very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family."
An autopsy done on the actor revealed inconclusive results. Further testing is expected to be conducted in the coming weeks ahead.