According to Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns in an interview with Variety, the studio is currently exploring the development of prequels to the fist Hunger Games movie. The franchise “will live on and on,” Burns says.
The first two films focused on arenas where the competitions took place, but these arenas were absent from Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. Burns noted that younger fans missed the inclusion of these arenas.
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire took place during the 74th and 75th versions of the Hunger Games competitions. Lionsgate sees a lot of potential in exploring some of these earlier events.
“If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas,” Burns added.
Lionsgate has not made any official announcements regarding additional films based on the original trilogy of books, but The Hunger Games have already shown great potential at the box office, so the idea of prequels doesn’t sound too far fetched — this year’s Mockingjay Part 2 made over $227 milion in the U.S. alone.
Earlier this year, director Francis Lawrence even shared his own idea for a prequel, “The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is.”
At his point, all we can do is wait to see what happens. If you liked reading The Hunger Games, check out some of the best new fantasy books of 2015.
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