There has been talk about the possibility of more Hunger Games films for some time now. However, something a bit more concrete has now been said, and it’s by Lionsgate vice chairman Michel Burns, so we should probably believe what he’s saying. Earlier this month it was announced that Hunger Games-centered theme parks will be built in the U.S. and China. Frankly the mind boggles about that. Now, despite no sequels, prequels or spinoffs officially announced yet, Burns has said, at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference:
“The franchise will live on and on and on”.
And, elaborating just slightly:
“The one thing that kids say they missed was there was no arenas. If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas.”
This seems to be a hint that a prequel or more is most likely, especially considering that there would be a bevy of past Hunger Games to build from as the Suzanne Collins books started with the 74th Hunger Games. However, I’m not sure about the direction they could be going in. I liked this series, and admit that there is a lot of potential for more films taking place in its world. However, can’t we get away from the idea of more games? Yes, the first two films were more commercially successful than the last two and “kids” may supposedly missed the games, while the games were undeniably thrilling and we all know about the complaints of not enough action in the last two films, but there is potential for so much more, especially considering how politically charged and intelligent the whole story arc of the existing four films is, in particular the last one which I thought was. I hope they don’t dumb it all down and just have lots and lots of dangerous contest, but we shall see.