Katniss Everdeen’s story is set to wrap with the release of the fourth film in “The Hunger Games” series late next year… or is it?
Francis Lawrence, who is helming both parts of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” spoke with Empire recently and discussed the possibility of further stories from Panem – much like the same way the world of the “Harry Potter” franchise is being revived with the “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” spin-off trilogy. Lawrence says it’s a tricky thing, but it is possible:
“It’s a tough thing. It’s a weird thing. That world of Harry Potter, there’s a lot to that world that you can explain. You can understand the appeal of telling another story, but can you actually do it without Harry, Hermione and those characters? Will people care as much?
And I guess you can say the same thing about the Hunger Games world. There are a lot of past games and a lot of this world, but without Katniss, is it the same? Part of what I like about the series is the connection to things we think about and talk about now. What’s the new version of that? That would be the tricky thing.”
Lawrence also touched upon the work of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who died during production. Hoffman had “two substantial scenes left” to film along with some background appearances in a few scenes.
Lawrence said there was “no intention of trying to fake a performance”. As a result, those two key scenes were re-written to give to other actors. Lawrence adds: “The rest we just didn’t have him appear in those scenes. There’s no digital manipulation or CG fabrication of any kind.”