The saga of Katniss Everdeen came to a close a few weeks ago when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hit theaters in November. Since then, rumors have swirled about the possibility of a follow-up film, and Lionsgate vice chairman Michael Burns said during a recent investor conference that he hoped the franchise would “live on and on and on.”
In an interview with EW about her upcoming psychological horror film The Forest, Natalie Dormer, a.k.a. the tough filmmaker and rebel Cressida, said that she would only consider returning to Panem if original Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins was on board.
“I adore Suzanne Collins for her bravery and her imagination,” Dormer told EW, “and everything that is the success of The Hunger Games, the genesis, it all comes from Suzanne. She wrote such a complex world and yet at the same time had so many scenes that deal with all the things we’re struggling with with our own time and zeitgeist.”
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“So I’m just a huge fan of Suzanne Collins and her writing, and I think [Hunger Games producer] Nina Jacobson and [director] Francis Lawrence have both talked about this, but anything prequel, sequel, whatever would have to come from her and her penmanship,” Dormer added. “So the minute I know that Suzanne is writing something, then yes, my ears would prick up. Almost definitely.”
Dormer’s comments echoed what Lawrence told EW last month about the possibility of a prequel. “The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” the Catching Fire and Mockingjay director said. “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. And I’d love to be involved, absolutely.”
As for Katniss herself? Jennifer Lawrence recently said that the story of The Girl On Fire is probably over. “I wouldn’t be involved,” she told Variety. “I think it’s too soon. They’ve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion.”