More Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 brings Katniss’ story to a finish. But that doesn’t necessarily spell the end for the franchise as a whole. In a recent interview, star Josh Hutcherson let slip a remark that suggests more Hunger Games movies could be in our future. Read his comments after the jump.

Hutcherson dropped by Conan last night with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. When Conan O’Brien asked whether there could be more Hunger Games movies in the works, Hutcherson quickly blurted out, “there is,” before covering his mouth. “I”m sorry, I can’t say that,” he continued as his co-stars shot him meaningful looks. “I don’t — we’ll see what happens.”

O’Brien wouldn’t let him off the hook, though. “That’s the worst lying I’ve ever seen!” the host exclaimed. O’Brien then asked the stars whether they’d be up for reprising their roles, to which Hutcherson responded, “I would love to.”¬†Lawrence was a bit more measured in her response. “I think we’re already too old, right?” she said, joking about a potential reboot with “younger, hotter people.”

Watch the exchange for yourself below via TeamCoco.com:

Hutcherson’s comments are not a confirmation of anything, of course. It’s possible that he’s just messing with fans. Even if he isn’t, we don’t know how far along Lionsgate’s plans for more Hunger Games movies actually are.

UPDATE: An official source indicates there are “no plans” for another Hunger Games movie at this time.

It’s worth noting, though, that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Lionsgate’s desire to continue the franchise. In February, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts he was “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities” for the Hunger Games franchise.

The source material runs out after Mockingjay – Part 2Suzanne Collins only wrote three books — but honestly, it’d be more surprising if Lionsgate weren’t thinking of ways to extend the franchise. The Hunger Games series has been wildly successful for the studio. The first three films have collectively grossed over $2 billion worldwide.

And there is precedent for this kind of thing. Warner Bros. found itself in a similar predicament after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and is now pushing forward with the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They also kept their J.R.R. Tolkien franchise going after the Lord of the Rings trilogy by releasing three Hobbit movies.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens November 20, 2015.

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