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Mockingjay - Part 2 director Francis Lawrence teases possible Hunger Games prequel

‘The interesting part of the story is to go back 75 years earlier,’ Lawrence says.

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Katniss’ fate may have been sealed in the final moments of Mockingjay - Part 2, but director Francis Lawrence says there are more Hunger Games tales to be told — and that he’d love to be ‘involved’ with a prequel film.

“The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” says Lawrence. “I’m sure if [author] Suzanne [Collins] were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great. And I’d loved to be involved, absolutely.”

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Just don’t count on another film starring Jennifer Lawrence as the Girl on Fire, the director says.

“I just think with the end of this story, we’ve reached the end of Katniss’ story,” Lawrence explains. “I think that Suzanne created such an iconic character, and I think she’s the main reason why everyone comes back to these stories. Now, that’s come to an end.”

Though Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the films in the franchise, and Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) likely won’t team up for another Hunger Games flick, there’s still hope for a reunion of sorts: The Oscar-winning actress is set to join the filmmaker for The Dive and is currently circling his adaptation of The Red Sparrow.