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Lionsgate is working to develop Hunger Games prequels

12.08.2015

THE HUNGER GAMES has been a big moneymaker for Lionsgate since they first adapted Suzanne Collins' world of Panem back in 2012. But with MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 bowing in theaters a few short weeks ago, that gravy train has run its course for the studio. All of Collin's published works within the trilogy have been used up with the story of Katniss Everdeen told across four films, and that's it. There's nothing left. Or is there?

You know what they say... where there's a will (to make more money), there's a way.

Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns confirmed rumors that the studio is looking into developing prequels to THE HUNGER GAMES series, telling UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today it will "live on and on."

While he did not specifically state that prequels were the chosen path being explored at the moment, he did hint at it with his comment that "If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas."

That remark served as a follow-up to his commentary that younger fans missed the arenas in the last two movies, which is why the last two movies may not tailed off at the box office after topping out at CATCHING FIRE.

In addition, he told 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.”

Now the problem with his last words are that they seem diametrically opposed to what he had already said about the arenas. Young audiences want action. They want violence. They want the Games, and, if we go forth with these ideas, then we're sure as hell going to give them to the audiences.

Those ideas do not work with Collins' concepts in her books or in the movies adapting her books either. She is specifcally going out of her way to comment on violence as entertainment, especially in the way it is portrayed in THE HUNGER GAMES. That's why those latter films move out of the arena and into politics. There's a social commentary going on there in her works to help inform and educate. It's not something to be brushed aside, so we can see more cool action set-ups.

These are the comments of someone who doesn't get what his property is about or why it worked in the first place, and it certainly doesn't inspire confidence in what Lionsgate might be envisioning if all they see is spectacle and the resulting dollar signs. That's not what brought them to the dance. That's not what THE HUNGER GAMES is, and it only looks like trouble on the horizon if that's the direction they want to go.

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Source: Variety

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8:35PM on 12/09/2015
Soo... what, like they want a prequel starring Haymitch? That would be most depressing, not to mention that we already knew how it went down.
Soo... what, like they want a prequel starring Haymitch? That would be most depressing, not to mention that we already knew how it went down.
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9:13AM on 12/09/2015
They split the Mockingjay up into two parts, which is greeeeat. Why not continuously make more movies to please fans.
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They split the Mockingjay up into two parts, which is greeeeat. Why not continuously make more movies to please fans.
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9:12AM on 12/09/2015
I wouldn't mind if Suzanne Collins decided to write a prequel book or a new trilogy of prequels. Seeing how this world came to be could be interesting, but to simply jump to making a movie out of a story she never intended to tell just sounds like Hollywood greed.
I wouldn't mind if Suzanne Collins decided to write a prequel book or a new trilogy of prequels. Seeing how this world came to be could be interesting, but to simply jump to making a movie out of a story she never intended to tell just sounds like Hollywood greed.
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6:54AM on 12/09/2015
Milking the cow at this point.
Milking the cow at this point.
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10:26PM on 12/08/2015
If Lawrence isn't involved, then don't even bother.
If Lawrence isn't involved, then don't even bother.
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9:23PM on 12/08/2015
The Peckish Games?
The Peckish Games?
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8:43PM on 12/08/2015
Either way this has got The Hobbit written all over it. What's J Law's thoughts?
Either way this has got The Hobbit written all over it. What's J Law's thoughts?
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8:31PM on 12/08/2015

Lionsgate Are Greedy & Pathetic

They managed to make a ton of money through 4 movies on the strength of a book trilogy. Now they want to pervert the whole theme of the books and movies by developing a BS series of films that will be aimed at tween moviegoers. And I once thought they were a better studio than that...
They managed to make a ton of money through 4 movies on the strength of a book trilogy. Now they want to pervert the whole theme of the books and movies by developing a BS series of films that will be aimed at tween moviegoers. And I once thought they were a better studio than that...
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7:27PM on 12/08/2015
I'd be quite happy to see how the world of the Hunger Games came to be and to see the first games that were held.
I'd be quite happy to see how the world of the Hunger Games came to be and to see the first games that were held.
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6:48PM on 12/08/2015
Oh please no. I was so happy to see it done with.
Oh please no. I was so happy to see it done with.
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6:12PM on 12/08/2015

so any moment.....

We are gonna see a blog on CAST THIS: Young Katness when she is like 8
We are gonna see a blog on CAST THIS: Young Katness when she is like 8
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5:47PM on 12/08/2015
Just when you thought this crap was finally laid to rest ... nope, we need more MONEY so let's milk an already mediocre franchise to DEATH!!
Just when you thought this crap was finally laid to rest ... nope, we need more MONEY so let's milk an already mediocre franchise to DEATH!!
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5:41PM on 12/08/2015
So Lionsgate is assuming that the fans are...wait for it...Hungry for more?
So Lionsgate is assuming that the fans are...wait for it...Hungry for more?
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5:59PM on 12/08/2015
hahaha...that was good
hahaha...that was good
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5:23PM on 12/08/2015
Lionsgate?
Clearly, the obvious choice is for the first arenas to be from the Saw movies, or designed by that bad guy. God I wish I had a job in Hollywood.
Lionsgate?
Clearly, the obvious choice is for the first arenas to be from the Saw movies, or designed by that bad guy. God I wish I had a job in Hollywood.
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5:11PM on 12/08/2015
Damn...I didn't see that coming
Damn...I didn't see that coming
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5:02PM on 12/08/2015
Yeah, milk it! MILK IT!!
Yeah, milk it! MILK IT!!
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5:02PM on 12/08/2015
Please!!! For the love of God and all that is Holy!! Let it END!!!
Please!!! For the love of God and all that is Holy!! Let it END!!!
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4:41PM on 12/08/2015
Bad Times!
Bad Times!
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