I can’t say I’m surprised by this. Now I actually rather like the Hunger Games franchise, despite its irritating tendancy to employ shakycam during action scenes. It’s exciting, compelling, intelligent with a strong political dimension, and generally very well acted. Of course I can’t compare them to the books, as I haven’t read them. Anway, as we know, the fourth film comes out next year and is the second part of the final book of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy. I’m avoiding finding out how the whole story ends, but things seem to be building up to a pretty thrilling and decisive conclusion. However, Francis Lawrence, director of all the films except for the first one, has said that more films are being considered for the hit young adult franchise. He told MTV:
“Everybody is thinking about it, and talking about it. I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. Because I think a huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built on this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the centre of it. And so to just say, ‘Oh, we’re still in the Hunger Games world’, I think is really risky, and you need to make sure that you have something new to say, and either new characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss.”
“It’s a tricky thing, but I’m definitely open to talking about it, and I think everybody’s thinking about it. Everybody loves the world and the ideas.”
At least the Harry Potter spinoffs are based on material by the original writer, but I’m just not sure about more Hunger Games films where the creator of that world isn’t involved, even though I very much like that world. I have the oddest feeling that, considering the commercial [though not artistic, at least up to now] success of the Hobbit pictures, a prequel could be what they decide to do first….