Hollywood Executives Already Planning Hunger Games Reboot
The world is still months away from the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in theaters, but apparently Hollywood executives and producers are already in the process of putting together a plan for a reboot of the series. Reboots have been extremely popular lately, with Star Trek, Spider Man, Superman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all getting a fresh start on the big screen. However, this is the first time that a reboot plan has been put in place in the middle of the release cycle of the original films, as Mockingjay part 1 and 2 have not even made it to theaters yet.
The Hunger Games movie franchise has been wildly popular, and has helped catapult Jennifer Lawrence into star status. The original Hunger Games movie, in combination with the Catching Fire sequel have earned over $1.5 billion worldwide, turning the franchise into a cash cow for Lionsgate. With the series story drawing to a close, it is likely that Lionsgate is looking to continue capitalizing on the brand while it is still fresh in the minds of fans.
Rebooting a series is never easy, however. Even though the re-imagining Star Trek has been a success, the new version of Superman failed to connect with fans and received poor reviews from both viewers and critics. Lionsgate could be taking a big risk, and may end up alienating fans who have fell in love with the story of Katniss Everdeen and help make Jennifer Lawrence a household name.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will not be released in theaters until November 2015, and sources indicate that stakeholders in the Hunger Games franchise would like to have the reboot released a year later, in November 2016. That would mean that production would likely need to start within the next six months in order to hit that deadline. With casting yet to be completed, and a finished script yet to be written, producers could be in a time crunch to get everything completed. It would also mean that filming on the new movie would begin before Mockingjay Part 2 would be released. It would be absolutely unprecedented in movie history.
The best that fans can hope for at this point is that all of the right decisions will be made, and that it will not ruin their love for the films based on the book series by Suzanne Collins. Casting will likely be a major factor in the success or failure of the new versions of the movies. No major names have been thrown around for any of the roles yet, but the rumor mill is likely to start churning out inside scoops in the near future.
Until then, fans will have to savor the last two Hunger Games movies and enjoy every last bit, because the magic may not last forever!