There has already been plenty of controversy over Lionsgate's decision to split the final The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins into a two-part movie finale, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 set to hit theater this November, following last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. While most fans assume this would be the end of the franchise, Deadline reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is seeking ways to extend their lucrative movie series. Here's what the studio CEO told investors earlier this morning.
"(We are) actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities."
It's easy to see why the studio would want to keep this franchise going, since the first three movies, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 have earned $1.1 billion at the domestic box office, and $2.2 billion worldwide. No concrete details have been released about any prequel or sequel ideas for The Hunger Games, and it isn't known if author Suzanne Collins, who has produced all of the adaptations, will be involved.
Extending a franchise beyond the original source material is an emerging trend. Warner Bros. is currently working on a spinoff to their Harry Potter franchise with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set for release next November and will start a whole new trilogy. The story is set several decades before Harry Potter ever set foot in Hogwarts. Even Lionsgate's Twilight franchise is continuing with a series of short films, with author Stephenie Meyer and star Kristen Stewart selecting five female filmmakers to make short films set in the Twilight universe.
What do you think about these new developments? Would you like to see prequels and/or sequels for The Hunger Games, or do you think the franchise should end with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2? Tell us what you think, and stay tuned for more developments on The Hunger Games universe.