Lionsgate Seriously Considering Hunger Games Prequels


What do you do when you have a huge box-office franchise based on a series of books, but you’ve run out of books to films? Especially if you’ve already copied the Harry Potter franchise once and stretched the final book over two movies? Well, in the case of The Hunger Games, it seems, you copy Harry Potter again and produce a prequel that harken back to the earlier movies in tone.

Even Lionsgate entertainment vice chairman Michael Burns admits the comparison is valid. Speaking on Tuesday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, Burns said that The Hunger Games franchise, like Harry Potter, will, “live on and on and on,” adding that fans should definitely expect to see prequels.

More than that, after the final film in the franchise opened with box office lagging slightly behind a couple of its predecessors (though with a first weekend haul in excess of $100 million, Burns said it was a “high-class problem” to have), the studio could return the series to the setting that made the earlier films popular in the first place.

“The one thing that kids say they missed was there were no arenas,” Burns said, referring to the lack of any actual Hunger Games tournaments in the final two films. “If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas.”

He also admitted that Lionsgate was looking into the possibility of spin-off and prequels to some of its other big franchises: Twilight, The Expendables and Saw.


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