Lionsgate is about to go back through time with the major box office hit “Hunger Games” series. Originally, the franchise was to come to an end with the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.” However, after the success of the series, the Vice Chairman of Lionsgate has promptly announced that the studio is thinking about getting into Hunger Games prequels.
In the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference held in New York last week, the VC of Lionsgate, Michael Burns, noted that the franchise will continue. However, till now there has been no official announcement at the part of the studio about exploring the world of Panem.
Jennifer Lawrence, who brought the central character of the series Katniss Everdeen to life, has already declared that any Hunger Games prequels will not include her. It was a harsh decision for the 25-year-old actress who received international recognition from the series.
According to Lawrence, it is too early to think about a Hunger Games prequels after “Mockingjay – Part 2.” She made it clear that things need to cool down before there can be additional growth. So if the studio is going with a prequel, we will not see Lawrence in her character role with that bow and arrow.
One fact that seems to support the decision of Lawrence is the amount acquired by “Mockingjay – Part 2.” It is no doubt a box office success, but at the same time it is the lowest grossing film in the series, considering only the in-home market. On the other hand, exploring the world of Hunger Games prequels can be a good option for the studio. They can even come up with new characters in the prequels if Lawrence is not going to take up the bow and arrow this time.