In the December issue of Empire, which hits news stands this Thursday, our coverage of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 includes a few intriguing glimpses of the franchise's future. For one, director Francis Lawrence discussed the possibility of further Panem stories, in the same way that Harry Potter has led to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, after Mockingjay wraps up.I'm personally kind of torn about this idea. Yes, we all want to see more stories from the world of Panem. Perhaps Finnick, Johanna or Haymitch's games? Or the failed rebellion that led up to the creation of The Hunger Games? But this also just sounds like Hollywood's way of milking a successful franchise. I'm in if it's written by our author Suzanne Collins. How about you? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!
"It's a tough thing. It's a weird thing," says Lawrence. "That world of Harry Potter, there's a lot to that world that you can explain. You can understand the appeal of telling another story, but can you actually do it without Harry, Hermione and those characters? Will people care as much? And I guess you can say the same thing about the Hunger Games world. There are a lot of past games and a lot of this world, but without Katniss, is it the same? Part of what I like about the series is the connection to things we think about and talk about now. What's the new version of that? That would be the tricky thing."