Talks of expanding The Hunger Games franchise have been doing the rounds for over a year now, in the form of spinoffs, sequels and prequels.
Now, Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns fueled the speculation at a recent investor conference.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Fans of the Katniss Everdeen franchise should definitely expect to see prequels.
“The one thing that kids say they missed [from the early Hunger Games films] was there were no arenas,” he said, referencing the stadiums where contestants battled each other and noting the prior films only covered the 74th and 75th competitions. “If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas.”
Burns also spoke of how the studio aims to get more from its other big franchises — including Twilight, The Expendables and Saw — nodding towards reboots, prequels or sequels for each of them.
In November last year, director Francis Lawrence too weighed in on the probability of the studio going for an expansion.
“Everybody is thinking about [expanding the franchise], and talking about it,” Lawrence said. “I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. A huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built upon this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the center of it. To just say, ‘Oh, we’re still in the “Hunger Games” world’ is really risky.”
However, just because it’s risky doesn’t mean it might not happen.
“You need to make sure that you have something new to say,” Lawrence continued. “New characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss. It’s a tricky thing, but I’m definitely open to talking about it, and I think everybody’s thinking about it. Everybody loves the world, and the ideas.”
There wouldn’t be a doubt that I, and the readers, are huge fans of The Hunger Games, and exploring more of Panem seems like an added surprise. However, can it be done without having to watch children killing each other? Do we really need another bloodbath? Even for fan-favorite Tributes including Haymitch Abernathy, Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason, what might we be getting ourselves into?