Director Francis Lawrence Teases Hunger Games Prequel Ideas


This weekend is the opening weekend for the fourth and final movie in the Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay – Part 2, but is this truly the last Hunger Games film we’ll see? Director Francis Lawrence isn’t so sure.

Speaking with EW, Lawrence said there’s more than enough Panem history for a Hunger Games prequel. “The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” said Lawrence. “I’m sure if [author] Suzanne [Collins] were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great. And I’d loved to be involved, absolutely.”

If there’s a possibility of going back to previous games, the 50th Hunger Games, the second Quarter Quell, would be a good bet. Just to jog your memory, that Quarter Quell had twice as many tributes as a normal Hunger Games, with Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) coming out as the victor. Although a thorough look at Panem’s first rebellion would be interesting to see as well.

But no matter what the other Hunger Games story is, Lawrence isn’t thinking it will bring back Katniss Everdeen. “I just think with the end of this story, we’ve reached the end of Katniss’ story,” Lawrence said. “I think that Suzanne created such an iconic character, and I think she’s the main reason why everyone comes back to these stories. Now, that’s come to an end.”

Would you be interested in seeing more from Panem’s history? What would you like to see explored, either in film or in writing? Let us know!