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Jennifer Lawrence feels Hunger Games prequel would be too soon

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

JENNIFER Lawrence has cast doubts over the viability of a Hunger Games prequel [or prequels], insisting that the move would come too soon.

The actress, who plays central heroine Katniss Everdeen in the franchise, was responding to comments made last week by Michael Burns, entertainment vice chairman of Lionsgate, who said that the dystopian saga could continue via a series of prequel movies in which the action would return to the dreaded arenas of Panem.

Lionsgate is the rights holder for the series and is keen to kick-start another franchise now that The Hunger Games has concluded with Mockingjay Part 2.

But any prequel would be an original work as Suzanne Collins’ novels, from which the franchise has been adapted, have also been concluded.

Speaking at the premiere of her latest film, Joy, in New York on Sunday night, Lawrence said that the idea of the prequels was of no interest to her.

“I wouldn’t be involved,” said the Oscar-winner, when quizzed by Variety. “I think it’s too soon. They’ve got to let the body get cold, in my opinion.”

The final Hunger Games movie of the current quadrilogy, Mockingjay – Part 2, retained top spot at the US box office for a fourth straight weekend, taking its global total to $564.5m (£373m). It also reclaimed top spot at the UK box office.

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