July 28, 2016

INTERVIEW: Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer Discusses Future of 'The Hunger Games' Franchise, World Expansion Plans

Lionsgate Entertainment, the studio behind the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series, has been making significant moves of late. Recently, the studio acquired the premium cable and satellite television network Starz, aiming to amplify their content distribution and generate a larger marketing platform for their shows and films. In a recent interview with Variety, CEO Jon Feltheimer dishes on these major deals and discusses the possibility of extending The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises. 

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“I would say that there’s no big franchise that any studio has that they’re not trying to look at prequels, sequels, spinoffs, some version of that,” said Feltheimer. “We think that there’s a great piece of IP with Hunger Games. It’s a great world.”
Adds Burns, “Great brands like this go on and on.”
Yesterday, Variety also broke the news that the last film in the Divergent franchise, Lionsgate's other YA film adaptation entity based on the books by Veronica Roth, will skip theaters and wrap up as a TV movie instead. Reports say that the decision was largely driven by the fact that the franchise has run out of steam and the poor performance of Allegiant, the penultimate film in the series, at the box-office earlier this year.

Lionsgate already unveiled plans to expand The Hunger Games in a variety of ways. These plans include a theme park in Dubai and an upcoming theatrical stage show in London.

What are your thoughts about Hunger Games prequels or spin-offs? Sound off in the comments.

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