With the “Hunger Games” films being so successful for Lionsgate, the studio faces an issue it has been able to hold off until now – the franchise’s end.
November’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” marks the closure of the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ book series, and there is no substitute waiting in the wings. The closest the studio has is “Divergent,” but the first film in that series did only about 40% of the business of the first “The Hunger Games”.
A new report however suggests Lionsgate is currently exploring ways to extend the “Hunger Games” franchise though, with CEO Jon Feltheimer telling analysts he’s “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities.”
The big question is Collins and whether she wants to move forward or is happy with the idea of further films about Panem. Can it be done? Warners is doing it with “Harry Potter,” so it’s not out of the question.
Speaking of the series, IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate have announced that “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX and released in IMAX 3D theaters domestically on November 20th.
This will be the first “Hunger Games” film to open in 3D in the United States, and the third of the films to score an IMAX release with last year’s “Mockingjay Part 1” having missed out on the jumbo screen format.