“Hunger Games” fans may have gotten a little too excited when director Francis Lawrence said he wanted to make prequel movies. Jennifer Lawrence shot down the idea of returning as Katniss Everdeen.
“I wouldn’t be involved,” the actress told Variety when asked about possible prequels. “I think it’s too soon. They’ve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion.”
Lawrence's character isn’t necessary to the prequels, though. The director explained that the hypothetical films wouldn’t be about Katniss. “I just think with the end of this story, we’ve reached the end of Katniss’ story,” Francis Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly last month. “I think that Suzanne [Collins, author] 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.”
The director, who helmed three of the four “Hunger Games” films, said he wants to see the very first Hunger Games, which took place about 75 years before Katniss entered the fight to the death. However, he also made it sound like a prequel would be dependent on a story from Collins. “I’m sure if Suzanne 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," he said. "And I’d loved to be involved, absolutely."
Lionsgate fueled rumors of a prequel when vice chairman Michael Burns said that the franchise “will live on and on.” He also commented that some fans missed the arena battles from the first two films, and prequels would allow them to revisit the Games. “If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas,” he said a conference (via Variety).
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The “Hunger Games” prequel movies have yet to be confirmed. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” is currently in theaters.