Next year the final The Hunger Games film will be released, concluding the big-screen adaptations of author Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy of novels. But director Francis Lawrence says he’s “open” to expanding the franchise beyond the saga starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and co.
It’s a question that’s already been put to Lawrence, what with the Twilight series getting a new mini-series and JK Rowling re-opening the world of Harry Potter with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
“That world of Harry Potter, there’s a lot to that world that you can explain,” he told Empire last month. “You can understand the appeal of telling another story, but can you actually do it without Harry, Hermione and those characters? Will people care as much? I guess you can say the same thing about the Hunger Games world. There are a lot of past games and a lot of this world, but without Katniss, is it the same?
But the wheels now appear to be in motion as he admits, “Everybody’s thinking about it.”
“Everybody loves the world, and the ideas,” Lawrence told MTV this week, although he warns that the idea needs careful consideration.
“A huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built upon the idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the centre of it. To just say, ‘Oh, we’re still in the Hunger Games world is really risky.”
Perhaps we could see the original rebellion or see how Haymitch Abernathy won his Hunger Games? Or maybe spend more time inside the Capitol with the likes of Effie Trinket and Caesar Flickerman?
It seems likely that studio bosses at Lionsgate Films will be as interested in the idea as fans – Mockingjay Part 1 delivered the biggest opening weekend of the year in both the UK and the US, and has so far pulled in around £90 million in its first week.