God Help Us, Lionsgate Is Planning ‘Hunger Games’ Prequels
Death with dignity is a rarity in Hollywood. Oh no, not people, they’re all fine, but creative properties — they’re dragged out and extended until every last cent has been wrung from them like drops of water from a dirty old washcloth. So long as earning potential still courses through a franchise’s veins, it shall be kept alive and fed upon with some regularity until the public rejects it outright and it becomes no longer profitable. We may have believed we were out of the woods with Harry Potter, but with the arrival of Newt Scamander and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, we were all proven wrong. Harry Potter is eternal.
And now, so is The Hunger Games. Mockingjay — Part 2 (alternately referred to as Hunger Games 3 2), touted as the final installment of the postapocalyptic YA lit franchise, entered theaters just a couple weeks ago to a less-than-enthusiastic response from audiences. The film raked in $100 million in its opening weekend, a figure respectable in its own right but far removed from the mammoth earnings of the previous installments in the franchise. Regardless, Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns has made his intentions known to produce a series of prequels also taking place in the Hunger Games universe. In his words, and this is verbatim, the franchise “will live on and on and on.”
That quote comes courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, in a piece relaying Burns’ comments at an investors’ meeting. As for what the films would be about, Burns used the criticism of Mockingjay to hint at what the future (or past?) may hold. “The one thing that kids say they missed (from the early Hunger Games films) was there was no arenas. If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas.”
The Vice Chairman also stated his plans to capitalize further on existing properties such as Twilight, The Expendables, and Saw, with prequels to be expected for any and all of those franchises as well. Good news for people who like things that they already know they like: there’s a whole lot more where all of that came from.