If you groaned at the announcement of the last Hunger Games movie being split into two parts, you may not want to hear these new rumours. Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games and Divergent, is apparently “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities” for the trilogy, according to Deadline. The series was originally going to come to a close later this year.
Lead of the movies Jennifer Lawrence has already expressed her eagerness to see the series expand, saying that there is a lot more to explore between Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne (played by Liam Hemsworth).
“I loved that Katniss and Gale have such a rich history, which we’ve never been able to fully, fully explore to the extent we do in this film,” Lawrence told Venture Capital earlier last month. “Up until now it’s always more about Katniss and Peeta. But there are so many complexities to Katniss and Gale and that relationship because before Katniss went into the Games, Gale was the only person who really understood her and knew her because they grew up together,”
So it seems possible we may see a prequel featuring more of Gale and Katniss, that is, if Lawrence isn’t too busy with other projects. After all, the oscar-winning actress is in high-demand this time around and the source material doesn’t exactly lend itself to sequels or prequels. It’s all just speculation at this point, so it’s just as possible that whatever next instalment Lionsgate comes up with might not even feature Lawrence or the other stars fans have come to know and love.
However, Jennifer has always had her heart in the trilogy, forming close bonds with her co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. They would often be seen eating out together, with Lawrence even admitting she helped Hemsworth get over his break-up with pop star Miley Cyrus. So one would hope she doesn’t abandon the saga, so long as it stays true to its authorship.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer also revealed that an exhibition based on the series with ‘high-tech interactive galleries, never before seen content, and hundreds of costumes and props’ will open for six-months at Discovery Times Square, as well as mentioning the possibility of a Hunger Games attraction, stating that they’re currently ‘in significant conversations with at least one theme park.’ Considering the trilogy has brought in $2.2 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that executives are trying to capitalize on the success.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opens in theaters Nov. 20 2015