Today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, amid news of a Starz and Lionsgate merger, Lionsgate entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns stated The Hunger Games franchise will “live on and on and on” in much the same way as Harry Potter. While that may seem like squeezing blood from a stone, you can’t really blame the studio for trying. Katniss Everdeen and her gang of rebels have made about $524 billion with the last installment alone, and it’s not even out of theaters yet. But how can the franchise continue, when author Suzanne Collins has only penned a trilogy?
There are several roads for Lionsgate to take here. There is a Hunger Games stage show planned for a London premiere in 2016, as well as at least two amusement park rides scheduled to open in Dubai Parks and Resorts, also in 2016. But how to stretch the Panem dollar a littler further? Taking cue from Warner Brothers’ treatment of Harry Potter and developing a prequel. Now, nothing has been officially announced, but Burns did mention that:
“The one thing kids say that they missed [from the early Hunger Games films] was there were no arenas. If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas”.
This is in reference to the fact that the first and second Hunger Games films take place during the 74th and 75th annual running of the Hunger Games. The early Games took place in arenas, as opposed to the simulated stages created by gamemakers that are seen in the films. In fact, the books mention that the original arenas are popular tourist destinations, for those in Panem who actually get to take vacations. Although unlike the Potterverse, which includes separate books such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Tales of Beetle the Bard, there are no other texts in the world of The Hunger Games. Any prequel would need to be created from completely new and original works.
What would these prequels be like? There could be none of the momentum created by the growing revolution as in the original trilogy. Although it might be nice to see a young Haymitch or Finnick fighting to stay alive. Of course, we all already know that the odds were obviously ever in their favors.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter