‘Hunger Games’ Producer on More Sequels or Spinoffs: ‘I’m Not Sure There’s Any More to Say’
To date, the three Hunger Games movies have grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide. After Mockingjay, Part 2 opens in theaters, the Hunger Games movies will have made more than the 7 Fast and Furious movies, the 7 X-Men movies and the 5 Spider-Man movies. That’s a lot of money. So, it stands to reason that once this series of movies ends, Lionsgate will want to continue milking this cash cow for as long as possible. Yesterday came news of massive Hunger Games theme park plans. Next summer, a Hunger Games stage show opens in London. But, will the Hunger Games borrow a page from the Harry Potter playbook and launch a new series of films, a la Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? The producer of all four of the Hunger Games movies certainly doesn’t seem to think so.
We caught up with producer Nina Jacobson and asked about the possibility of future prequels, sequels or spinoffs from the existing Hunger Games franchise. Despite it being in a producer’s best interests to want to make more movies (and thereby make lots and lots of money), Jacobson was surprisingly honest about the prospects:
For me, it’d be hard to imagine the Hunger Games without Katniss. If [author] Suzanne Collins ends up with some wish or desire to tell more stories, I will be there in a heartbeat. But, these movies have always been inextricably entwined with this character. We told her story. She’s been on this journey and it feels very complete to me. I’m not sure there’s any more to say, once you’ve told Katniss’ story.
And, she’s right! For those who’ve read the books, or once you see the movie, it will be very clear; a sequel seems highly unlikely. A prequel is another opportunity, but as Jacobson says, it is very hard to imagine a Hunger Games movie without Katniss. The books weren’t always so much about a bunch of kids fighting each other as they were about telling Katniss’ story. Without her, whose story do we even care about hearing? There’s been some suggestions of telling about the first Hunger Games, but how do you wrap up that story? We know the Hunger Games will continue on for 70-something years.
Jacobson, who describes herself as an “interested aunt” in the theme park and stage show operations, certainly has a controlling interest in the future of the property. Unless she and Lionsgate and a large truck full of cash can convince Suzanne Collins — who once said of the possibility of her writing a follow-up, “No, the books are done.” — to write another story, this might be the end of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 opens in theaters on November 20.