As we reported a while back, the $2.5 billion blockbuster franchise could continue with prequel films, after Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns dropped a huge hint on Tuesday.
Speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, he went on to say: “The one thing that kids say they missed [from the Mockingjay films] was there were no arenas (where contestants like Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss battled each other).
“If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas.”
However, Burns added to Variety: “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.”
Hayleigh Foutch of Collider Movies pitches what she thinks to be the best idea for a Hunger Games prequel below:
“The most obvious idea, and probably the best one if you want to maintain the series’ rich thematics about war and propaganda, would be the story of 75 years before The Hunger Games. How did The United States become Panem, and how bad could it have possibly been for something like The Hunger Games to come into creation? There’s a lot of good material there, and indeed, director Francis Lawrence already expressed his interest in that story.
The character of Haymitch is also ripe for prequelization, and while his story — which saw him survive the second quarter quell in an act of defiance against the Capitol — is detailed much more in the books, a lot of his best material never made it to the screen. Likewise, you could pick almost any of the victors introduced in Catching Fire and tell the story of their Hunger Games survival. There are also 72 other Hunger Games that could be mined for prequel purposes.”