No matter how popular and game-changing The Hunger Games Franchise is, you can always sense that deep fear that it might all just be lightning in a bottle. Just look at every subsequent effort to capture that magic formula of single teen hero fighting against an oppressive system. The likes of Divergent and The Maze Runner are doing their best, but they're missing the zeitgeist by miles! Could that be why Mockingjay was split into two movies; simply to elongate the franchise?
[The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) will end the story of Katniss Everdeen, and for many, the story of Panem in general. Lionsgate will likely be feeling anxious at such a profitable franchise disappearing into the ether, and will want to replace it with something that just as easily captures the imaginations of so many. That's a daunting prospect, but there's a very easy way to fill a Hunger Games shaped hole in the general moviegoing landscape.
Why not carry on The Hunger Games?
The ending to Mockingjay is one of gutsiest moves by any writer of YA fiction. Suzanne Collins, instead of choosing to end the series with a neat reforming of her fictional world, chose to give the Hunger Games series an ending that was extremely personal to her main character, Katniss Everdeen. If Mockingjay Part 2 seeks to stay faithful to the books, it will likely end with the Capitol toppled, but with Katniss herself distanced from the cause she's been fighting for, having killed President Coin for authorizing methods that lead to the death of her sister. Katniss will likely end the movie as a broken person who was used by an overly righteous cause, who will never live down the death and violence she was complicit in.
That would no doubt be the end of Katniss' story, but must it really put a stop to stories of this universe? I'm not one for claiming that "there's still more story to be told", for it usually leads to redundant and overly-complex expansions of perfectly good properties, yet The Hunger Games seems to be an exception. Many complaints leveled at these movies claimed that it's world wasn't expansive enough, and that it was fabricated only to serve the very basic story at hand. A Hunger Games spin-off after Mockingjay Part 2 could rectify all that.
Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games
Towards the end of Mockingjay, after President Snow has been captured, and the Capitol is toppled, President Coin declares her intentions to reinstate the Hunger Games with only Capitol children as tributes. It's a perfect illustration of the corrupting nature of power and dominance, and is perhaps the central moral dilemma in the story. Now, certain events that follow ensure that this revamped Hunger Games does not become the norm, but what if these movies were to shift focus, and give us a spin-off movie involving the Hunger Games with only Capitol contestants?
Sure, this hypothetical movie wouldn't have the easily digestible good and evil paradigm that the Katniss-centric movies have had, but that's exactly why they would provide an interesting viewing experience. Having Capitol children who were previously sheltered, privileged and pampered as our new protagonists would force us to confront our own means of aligning ourselves with on-screen characters. It's the simple thrill of watching the structured fight for survival in the Hunger Games which drew so many to this franchise, so why not flip this idea on it's head?
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