One of the most popular Hollywood franchises in this decade was the Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth starrer Hunger Games films. Ever since the first movie released in 2012, the movie going audience worldwide were hooked on to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her story. The rooted for her as she took on the evil administrator at the Capital. So much so, that the film franchise inspired theme parks across the globe.
Now, according to a report in Deadline, the studio, Lionsgate, may be eyeing to make more movies and expand the franchise. Incidentally, author Suzanne Collins, who has written the Hunger Games books previously which was later adapted into a movie franchise, is set to write a prequel novel , which fans can expect to read by 2020.
Set in the world of Panem, the book will trace the story of that place 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games. This is one hell of a move by Lionsgate, who hasn’t had much success at the box-office in recent time with their films. Revisiting one of their most successful franchises might be the smartest decisions that the studio has made and it is sure to pay-off.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group revealed to the US-based entertainment website.
Hunger Games wouldn’t be the first movie franchise to explore the idea of prequels. In fact, it was George Lucas, who started the trend of prequels after he did Episode 1, 2 and 3 of Star Wars movies. Over the years, many successful film franchises have gone back to do prequels, such the Lord of the Rings trilogy with their Hobbit trilogy, Harry Potter movies with their Fantastic Beats movies and several others.