While it may seem like bad timing to think about the future of The Hunger Games franchise in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent death, Lionsgate has clearly been met with a barrage of questions about it.
Hoffman, who was found dead on Sunday morning in his New York apparent from an apparent drug overdose, joined the The Hunger Games for Catching Fire, taking on the role of game master Plutarch Heavensbee.
According to studio Lionsgate, the majority of Hoffman's scenes had been finished, with just 7 days left to shoot on Mockingjay - Part 2, including one scene that will have to be written with a different character taking the place of Plutarch Heavensbee.
The studio released this statement:
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. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip's family.
Our condolences go out to Philip's long-time girlfriend, Mimi O'Donnell, his three children, and friends.