Late next month, fans from around the globe will gather at movie theaters on just about every continent, in order to see the fourth film in The Hunger Games film series. The second part of the third section of the popular trilogy will be released on November 20, in most theaters. With Mockingjay being the third story in the original trilogy, director Francis Lawrence decided to break it down into two parts — Part 1 which was released almost exactly one year prior, and Part 2 which has fans excited for more.
As we all know, the story ends with Mockingjay, so this has led many to believe that this upcoming film will be the end of the line for a film series which has grossed over $2.2 billion at the box office so far. But there has yet to be an answer provided on whether or not Mockingjay, Part 2 will actually be the final film. A lot will probably depend on the money brought in from this latest film.
With the first Hunger Games film costing $80 million to produce, it brought in an astounding figure of $678 million in revenue. The second film, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” cost quite a bit more to produce, at approximately $130 million, but it brought in a staggering $865 million at the box office. With the third film, however, it had production costs of $125 million, but brought in just $710 million in revenue. Still a huge chunk, and a very very successful production, without a doubt, Francis Lawrence and team are waiting to see the final numbers for Mockingjay, Part 2, prior to deciding on whether or not they will pursue another film.
Mockingjay, Part 2, like its predecessor, cost $125 million to produce. If it fails to eclipse the $710 million mark, producers may call it quits on the series which is based on the book trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Collins ended the story after Mockingjay, so unless this latest film surpasses the numbers of the previous one, it’s doubtful that a future film will be produced. That would require that an additional story is written without Collins’ expertise, something producers should be very hesitant of doing.
Last November, it was reported by PerezHilton that Francis Lawrence was quoted as saying that there is talk of furthering the series, but there was some concerned about continuing the character development and plot-line.
The story, according to the Collins’ books seems to be pretty final upon the closure of MockingJay, but that doesn’t mean that there could not be any number of prequels to the story. Afterall, this is the 76th Hunger Games. Surely we’d all be interested to see what happened in the previous 73 or so.
Earlier this year, Deadline reported that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer was quoted as saying that he is “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities”.
It should certainly be interesting to see how much money this latest film brings in at the box office, and if a prequel or possibly a sequel to the series is ever released. What are you thoughts? For those of you who haven’t yet seen the latest trailer to Mockingjay, Part 2, check it out below.