The Hunger Games: Mockingjay director wants to do a prequel

But Francis Lawrence doubts we’ll ever see Katniss again

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If the debut of the final film in the Hunger Games franchise this weekend is making you despondent, then fear not – because director Francis Lawrence is keen to return to the world of Panem for a prequel set during the failed revolution that led to the events of the movies.

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“The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” said Lawrence.

“I’m sure if [author] Suzanne [Collins] were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great,” he told Entertainment Weekly “And I’d loved to be involved, absolutely.”

However, such a film would be lacking in one key ingredient – Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, who the director says is definitely making her last appearance in Mockingjay part two. 

“I just think with the end of this story, we’ve reached the end of Katniss’ story,” Lawrence said.

“I think that Suzanne created such an iconic character, and I think she’s the main reason why everyone comes back to these stories. Now, that’s come to an end.”

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part two is in cinemas now