The countdown to the final Hunger Games film is on, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 set to come out this November. The marketing machine is in full swing, with brand new Mockingjay, Part 2 teaser trailers and new, scary cool posters. I hate to say it, but I think we fans have been spoiled these past four years — every year, we've had the opportunity to see stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson together in a new Hunger Games film. The idea that new Hunger Games movies won't be on the way after Mockingjay, Part 2 is released is one of the most disappointing things I've ever had to type. But, what if that's not actually the case?
(Update: Bustle has confirmed with sources close to Lionsgate that there are no plans for another film at this time.)
During a recent appearance on Conan, franchise star Hutcherson said something very curious about the possibility of more Hunger Games movies being in development. Though Entertainment Weekly is reporting that sources close to Lionsgate have denied the possibility of more films "despite what Josh Hutcherson told Conan O’Brien on Thursday night," — not to mention Lawrence herself said "he's kidding" during the actual Conan interview — it does make me wonder what would happen if there was going to be more Hunger Games. There are no more books to adapt, so how would another movie even work?
Surprisingly, there is actually a lot of ground left to cover in the world of the franchise.Here are six movie ideas — spinoffs and prequels — that would totally work out:
1. A Hunger Games Movie From Peeta's Point of View
Peeta is a crucial character in the books in films, but the entire Hunger Games franchise is told from Katniss' perspective. That in mind, it would be interesting to explore the events through Peeta's eyes: How did he balance his genuine feelings for Katniss with playing the game? What was it like when he was held captive by the Capitol? Any spinoff film could explore one — or all — of the books from his perspective.
2. A Prequel About The Revolution
The Hunger Games is a post-apocalyptic series: but what about the actual apocalypse? The Games within the series were established to both continually reinforce the Capitol's power and as consistent punishment after the revolution — so it would be interesting to see a film about the revolution that started it all.
3. Explore Haymitch's Backstory
Woody Harrelson's portrayal of the acerbic Haymitch is one of the best in the series, so a prequel about the Games that Haymitch won — or, a spinoff exploring the series from his perspective — would add a lot to the series, and give us the amount of Harrelson that we need and deserve.
4. A Spinoff About Life In The Capitol
Not only would it be fun to see a movie populated with the craziest costumes, but a spinoff focused on life in the Capitol would be a great way for fans to see how that world even operates. What did the Games look like from their perspective? How much of the poverty in the Districts were Capitol citizens privy to? Was there at least one moral person living there? So many questions here!
5. A Sequel About Katniss And Peeta's Kids
It can't be easy to be the children of a power couple — especially when Mom and Dad already have such a complicated history. What is their life like after the revolution? How does the Mockingjay adapt to domestic life? I would watch this movie so many times.
6. A District 13 Spinoff
For 75 years they were underground, while the world above them was in ruins. How did the secret civilization operate? A prequel to Mockingjay from their perspective would be fascinating — plus, as always, the more Julianne Moore the better.
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