The “Hunger Games” trilogy may have ended with “Mockingjay Part 2” but it appears that audiences still have not seen the last of Panem and the deadly arenas.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate–the studio behind the successful series–wants to film prequels of the “Hunger Games”. The report details that the idea came from Lionsgate entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns who sees the potential of “Hunger Games” living on for a long time.
THR quotes the Lionsgate exec in saying:
“The one thing that kids say they missed [from the early Hunger Games films] was there were no arenas. If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas.”
THR details that the statement refers to the fact that in the movies, only the 74th and 75th Hunger Games were shown and that the latter films had no arenas. According to the report, Burns thinks that history of the “Hunger Games” would feature more arenas.
The A.V. Club points out that Burns’ desire to bring arenas into focus is because of the yearning of younger audiences for more fight scenes between tributes. Burns’ statement suggests that the concept of the Hunger Games itself–were children fought off each other for survival–was a major appeal for moviegoers.
However, the Lionsgate exec clarifies that the desire to deliver more of this content to the audience is not to promote violence but instead delve deeper into the concepts Suzanne Collins introduced to her books.
Variety quotes Burns in saying:
“Whatever extensions of ‘The Hunger Games’ brand we pursue, the intent is not to glorify violence by arbitrarily telling arena stories, but to continue Suzanne Collins’s exploration of the concepts of just war theory.”
The movies are based on the book trilogy by Suzanne Collins about a dystopian society where young children (dubbed as tributes) fight off each other to death in a yearly competition.
“Hunger Games” and its sequels starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.