The Hunger Games Franchise is rocketing to a thrilling finale with [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) ready to hit theaters soon. The multi-billion dollar film series has delighted fans of the books and pulled audiences in with its exciting plotline and talented cast. It's going to be hard to say goodbye to Katniss, Peeta, and the others, but if Lionsgate have their way we may not have to leave Panem forever!
There have been many recent reports lately that revealed more The Hunger Games movies are on the way, along with a potential TV spinoff, and even a theme park. It's easy to see why Lionsgate aren't ready to let this franchise die: it's proved insanely lucrative for them, and with plenty of unanswered questions in the books, there's ample opportunities for future plots. But what have they got planned?
What We Know So Far
Not much, to be honest. But enough to get us excited! As Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer explained months ago, the studio is definitely planning on expanding the franchise after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.
"We are actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities. And we are in significant conversations with at least one theme park."
Honestly, the theme park thing kinda frightens us (they're not thinking of building a real arena... right?), but we couldn't be more happy about more movies set in the Hunger Games world! Whether they're planning on another trilogy, or anthology films focusing on different times in the story (a la Star Wars: Rogue One) remains to be seen. But according to Josh Hutcherson, this has got to be something that Suzanne Collins is on board with.
"If it does happen, at the same time it’s like, it has to be something that Suzanne really believes in. It has to be something that she creates naturally. It's not just trying to make more movies out of it."
Hmm, you may want to tell Lionsgate that, Josh! They seem eager to continue, while Collins has shut down any rumours that she'll continue to write the story, recently declaring that the books are done and dusted. Could this be because she's working on more movies with Lionsgate? Or does she want to quit the franchise forever? It's difficult to imagine The Hunger Games without Collins' driving influence. But with or without her, there are still plenty of possibilities for future stories.
Creation Of The Capitol, and Other Stories
Bad news for Katniss fans: if Lionsgate do go ahead with whatever they have planned for The Hunger Games, they'll be looking for some fresh blood to lead the franchise, according to director Francis Lawrence.
"You need to make sure that you have something new to say, and new characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss."
Of course it could be that they're planning on a spinoff lead by another character we already know and love: maybe Haymitch's Hunger Games, or what Johanna does after Mockingjay Part 2's shocking finish. But there's plenty of story to be explored: Josh Hutcherson wants to see what happens in the time jump between book Mockingjay's end and the epilogue!
For us, the most exciting news is that Lionsgate might be working on a TV show. It hasn't been revealed whether this is instead of the film sequels or wether, like Marvel before them, Lionsgate want to establish a Hunger Games Cinematic Universe. Could we see an anthology TV show that deals with tales like the uprising before the first Hunger Games, or a show that is a complement to future Hunger Games film sequels?
Whatever Lionsgate have planned, we're sure it's going to be amazing. But what do you think: should Lionsgate let The Hunger Games rest, or are you excited to see what happens next? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!