Directed by Francis Lawrence, “The Hunger Games” trilogy is the film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins’ hugely successful YA fiction trilogy of the same name. The 1st book was adapted into movie in 2012 and immediately gained a huge following. Subsequently, the 2nd book “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was adapted into a movie in 2013 while the final part of the trilogy is divided into two films.
As the movie franchise is coming to an end with the 2nd part of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” this November, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors during an earnings call that the franchise may get a prequel and more sequels in the coming years.
According to Deadline, Feltheimer wants to keep the franchise alive because he is “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities”. As Warner Bros. Pictures is developing a live-action adaptation of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the “Harry Potter” series, the studio is interested in re-introducing “The Hunger Games” franchise too. However, no further details were shared.
The report is a follow-up to Lionsgate’s earlier announcement about the decision to develop a “John Wick” sequel and that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” will get an IMAX 3D release. Before announcing that “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” will open on 1st July at Discovery Times Square in New York City, Lionsgates is said to be eyeing a “Hunger Games” theme park attraction too.
The report came as no surprise to us as “The Hunger Games” trilogy is a tremendously successful franchise with a big, growing fan base. Like the “Harry Potter” series, the trilogy poses a powerful impact on the audiences as its final part is one of the highly anticipated novels-turned-movies in 2015. Even though the”Divergent” series is developed under the same studio as “The Hunger Games”, the series hasn’t managed to capture the same audience attention.
However, the problem lies in developing the storyline for the prequel or the sequels because there’s simply no room for expansion. The prequel is possible without Jennifer Lawrence’s character but for the sequels, it is unclear whether the Oscar-winning actress would want to reprise the role as Katniss Everdeen. What we can confirm for now is that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is currently slated for release on 20th Nov 2015.
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