The vice chairman of Lionsgate, Michael Burns, has revealed the studio’s plans to develop The Hunger Games franchise.
Cynics might claim this is just a means to make money for Lionsgate. But, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (the last installment in the trilogy, or so we thought) is nearing the end of its cinema run, we’re all happy and safe in the knowledge that our favourite dystopian teen romance might someday return.
Burns thinks the most recent films have not done as well in the Box Office, perhaps because they don't contain scenes in the infamous Panem Hunger Games arenas, in which young citizens fight to the death.
Burns 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.
While Burns made no specific commitments, he did say the franchise ‘will live on and on’.
Words by Francesca Donovan