According to Burns:
“The one thing that kids say they missed (from the early Hunger Games films) was there was no arenas,” he said, referencing the stadiums where children killed each other and noting the prior films only covered the 74th and 75th competitions. “If we went backwards there obviously would be arenas.”
Not sure if we are totally reading this right, but he seems to be insinuating that one reason the final two films did not do as well at the box office is because “kids” (shudder) missed the action of the traditional arena. He then seems to be saying that he best idea would be to go “backwards” in time to showcase more of the Games.
We did not seriously just read that did we? He wants to give us more of The actual Hunger Games? Uhhh remember what happened to Coin when she suggested that? Katniss did not just end the Games to have us go back and glorify them on screen. Can we say totally missing the point?
Not that the idea of prequels is totally a bad thing. We could get behind a few ideas (the first rebellion, Haymitch’s backstory and Games) but they need to be done well, and all the while respecting the meaning of the orginal trilogy. Our personal preference if they insist on doing this is to get Suzanne Collins involved and in turn Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson. That would be enough to earn our interest and our trust.
We aren’t the only ones that feel this way either. When the news broke earlier today, tributes and fan sites alike shared their distaste for Burns’ comments on social media and our worry at what it could mean for the franchise. Apparently our concerns were heard as a Variety article on Burns’ statement soon contained an andendum with a new quote from him stating,
“Whatever extensions of ‘The Hunger Games’ brand we pursue, the intent is not to glorify violence by arbitrarily telling arena stories, but to continue Suzanne Collins’s exploration of the concepts of just war theory.”
Here’s hoping that he and the others at Lionsgate actually mean those words. At the moment we’ll try to reserve our judgement. We know this is a cash grab, and we can’t fault them for that. But the way these prequels were discussed initially today certainly gives us pause and makes us worry that their depiction might be to the Capitol for our taste.
What do you think? Do you want to see prequels? If so, what would you wish to see? Did Burns discussion of the prequels worry you at all or are you completely onboard with his ideas? Let us know in the comments.