Lionsgate Wants More 'Hunger Games,' Plans Franchise Exhibition
by Ethan Anderton
February 6, 2015
Along with this morning's news that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 would be the first installment of the whole franchise to hit screens in IMAX 3D, there's also word from Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer that Lionsgate is actually thinking about new ways to keep the series alive on the big screen. Deadline reports the executive was speaking with analysts this morning and said they were "actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities." That's no guarantee that we'll see more films in The Hunger Games series, but there are discussions happening behind the scenes now.
At first, this seems like a stupid idea. But at the same time, there are decades of Hunger Games that happened in the world of Panem before the story in the book series and film franchise begins. Of course, just revisiting older games wouldn't be enough to make the story interesting. But we do already know plenty of characters who competed in those games, and it wouldn't be a terrible idea to follow someone like Finnick during his run of The Hunger Games the first time around. But again, there needs to be a good story to go with the arena action, but it would be hard to make it more exciting than a revolution against The Capitol.
But for fans who are still looking for more to experience from The Hunger Games without waiting for more movies, Lionsgate also announced The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, which will debut on July 1st, 2015 at Discovery Times Square in New York City and will run through through January 3rd, 2016.
Here's how the press release describes the new installment:
"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Hundreds of authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought these incredible books to life. Visitors will follow Katniss Everdeen's inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement. The exhibit will feature seven galleries including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery and Katniss’s Journey."
Fans will be able to see iconic costumes from the films such as the Girl on Fire dress, the Mockingjay dress and the Mockingjay armor, and there will also be key artifacts including the Mockingjay pin, Cinna’s sketchbook and Katniss’s bow. Meanwhile, the interactive side of the exhibition will have an explorable map of Panem, the gamemaker’s control table and a stunt choreography portion. Once the exhibition is done in New York City in 2016, it will travel the world, though locations have yet to be revealed, so you'll have to stay tuned to TheHungerGamesExhibition.com for more information. Tickets officially go on sale April 21st with a pre-registration window beginning on February 24th to meet presumed demand.