"To make a sequel, or to not make a sequel?" Thanks to Josh Hutcherson's hints at Comic-Con earlier this month, it's the question on the lips of die-hard Hunger Games fans worldwide.
The release of [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) this November is supposedly the grand finale that will bring the $424.7 million grossing series to a close.
Or is this what the Capitol would like you to believe?
When Conan O'Brien asked Hutcherson at Comic-Con if we can expect a continuation of the series, the actor replied:
"There is...I’m sorry. No, I can’t say that. I’m sorry. We’ll see what happens."
Which obviously sent the internet into collective Panem-demonium.
Yesterday, The Huffington Post released an exclusive interview with Josh Hutcherson in which they asked him to clear up the rumors he'd started:
"Yeah, I mean the truth is I don’t know anything. I would like there to be more because they’re really fun to make, and it’s a fun character, but... afraid that I'm not clear on that one," Hutcherson said. "If it does happen, at the same time it’s like, it has to be something that Suzanne [Collins] really believes in," he continued. "It has to be something that she creates naturally. It's not just trying to make more movies out of it."
Though Lionsgate has reportedly said that there will be no continuation of the lucrative franchise, that has not stopped the cast from broadcasting their opinions and pleas. From Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket:
“I'd love to see Suzanne Collins write something else that we could expand on. We love these characters. I think people are really fascinated to see where their lives go.”
To Katniss herself:
“It would be so fun. This is the best group and we have so much fun. I love doing these movies. I get really sad when I think that we're almost done.”
Suzanne Collins' agent, Jason Dravis, confirmed to The Wrap in 2013 that the books "are done." However, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Director, Francis Lawrence, told MTV that he and Collins were at least thinking about the possibility of a sequel. Adding,
“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 center 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," continued the Mockingjay director. "Everybody loves the world and the ideas.”
It's definitely reassuring to know that if the prospect turns into reality, Lawrence and co. are aware of the risks of hammering out another movie just for the sake of profit, as, without naming any names, it's clearly a rabbit hole which has swallowed so many before them.
You may remember earlier this year when MP looked at a few ideas for the possible plot lines the next film could focus on, which captured a very positive response from you lovely readers. For example, wouldn't it be interesting to see what happened in Haymitch's past that caused him to turn to the bottle? Or go back to the first ever Hunger Games? Maybe we could look at Finnick Odair's backstory? Or even journey into the future when the characters are significantly older?
Even Josh Hutcherson has mused as to what a potential addition could entail...
"The last book kind of jumps from them kind of having a final moment... and then it jumps to another point in the story, and there’s a gap there in the middle. I think that could be a start. So I don’t know what would happen exactly, but all I know is that their own country and developing nation with all kinds of turmoil and ups and downs, I feel like there’s a good story in there."