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The “Hunger Games” film franchise is making a comeback with the release of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” a prequel film featuring Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth. As fans anticipate the possibility of more prequels centered on popular characters like Finnick and Haymitch, Entertainment Weekly spoke to franchise director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. Their response is clear: any new films will only happen if author Suzanne Collins provides the thematic foundation.
Francis Lawrence highlighted the strength of Suzanne Collins’ storytelling, emphasizing the thematic depth of the series. The original books explored the consequences of war, while “Songbirds and Snakes” tackles the state of nature. Lawrence expressed his interest in exploring new stories within the world of Panem if Collins has another thematic idea that fits.
Nina Jacobson echoed Lawrence’s sentiments, expressing her fascination with Collins’ perspective and her commitment to following the author’s lead. The creative team values Collins’ contributions and wants to maintain the depth and relevance of the franchise.
While there are no plans to bring back Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss for a prequel, the actress herself has expressed eagerness to return for a “Hunger Games” sequel. For now, fans can look forward to “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” hitting theaters on November 17th.