‘Hunger Games’ franchise could continue after ‘Mockingjay’, says director

Francis Lawrence says the idea of expanding the franchise is being 'talked about'

Director Francis Lawrence has revealed that The Hunger Games franchise could potentially continue after next year’s Mockingjay – Part 2.

Mockingjay – Part 2 will be the second film based on Suzanne Collins’s final Hunger Games novel, and was expected to bring the blockbuster film series to a close. However, Lawrence – behind the camera for three of the four movies – has now said that the franchise could be expanded to continue beyond Mockingjay.

“Everybody is thinking about [expanding the franchise], and talking about it,” Lawrence told MTV, before urging caution: “I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. A huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built upon this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the centre of it. To just say, ‘Oh, we’re still in the Hunger Games world’ is really risky.”

Explaining what the essential components of a potential fifth Hunger Games film would be, Lawrence added: “You need to make sure that you have something new to say. New characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss. It’s a tricky thing, but I’m definitely open to talking about it, and I think everybody’s thinking about it. Everybody loves the world, and the ideas.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opened in cinemas on November 20 and has already taken nearly $300 million (£190 million) at the box office worldwide. Mockingjay – Part 2 is due to follow on November 20, 2015.