UPDATED: No details, but Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning that he’s “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities” for the Hunger Games franchise.
Easy to understand why he wants to keep it going: The last episode, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2, will “conclude with a blockbuster finale at the box office,” Feltheimer says, helped by the decision announced this AM to have it digitally remastered for IMAX 3D for its November 20 debut.
“Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting,” director Francis Lawrence says in a release.”We recently saw the 3D version of Mockingjay – Part 1 before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”
IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster says “the fan enthusiasm and cultural impact that the series has generated has been truly remarkable and we are thrilled to offer audiences the opportunity to experience the last chapter in IMAX 3D.
On another Hunger Games front, Feltheimer says that on July 1 an exhibition with “high-tech interactive galleries, never before seen content, hundreds of costumes and props” will begin a six-month run at Discovery Times Square.
Look for additional exhibitions — and possibly a theme park attraction. “We are in significant conversations with at least one theme park,” Feltheimer says. Lionsgate would have an up front guarantee and a piece of the ongoing proceeds. The smaller shows also offer “a lot of the upside. Once we built it once we can actually have one, two or three running at the same time. …It’s kind of a no-brainer.”
In other news, the company says that it plans a sequel to John Wick, to turn it into an action franchise, It also is teaming with Oprah Winfrey to develop a TV drama series Queen Sugar for OWN. Ava DuVernay, who directed Selma, will write, direct, and executive produce.