The Hunger Games trilogy has been big business for Lionsgate, making billions worldwide and making an icon out of its star Jennifer Lawrence. However, even though the source material may have been exhausted, it would appear that the studio aren’t done with Suzanne Collins’ mega-selling YA blockbuster, with Variety reporting that the the series may live on in the form of prequel instalments.
According to the report, Lionsgate’s vice chairman Michael Burns said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York that the franchise would “live on and on”. He didn’t elaborate much on exactly what form said continuation would take (apart from saying, “If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas,” which isn’t a surprise as there are 75 Hunger Games to choose from, we’re sure there are some great stories to tell from at least a few of them), but it’s safe to say there’s plenty of routes this could go: the fall of the modern world; the rise of President Snow; the first ever Hunger Games; the early life of Haymitch – the list goes on.
He went on to add that ““Whatever extensions of The Hunger Games’ brand we pursue, the intent is not to glorify violence by arbitrarily telling arena stories, but to continue Suzanne Collins’s exploration of the concepts of just war theory.”
Considering the attention that Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is getting, it’s no surprise to see The Hunger Games looking down this route. In an age where film franchises rarely end so much as they evolve, you shouldn’t be too surprised to see the citizens of Panem returning to the big screen some time soon.