The odds are ever in our favor that we'll see more Hunger Games.
Though Mockingjay – Part 2 concluded Katniss's (Jennifer Lawrence) story, Lionsgate's Entertainment Vice Chairman Michael Burns revealed at a recent conference that the franchise will "live on and on and on."
Like we suggested when we brainstormed the many ways the series could be rebooted or spun-off, Burns says that the studio is considering prequels. "The one thing that kids say they missed was there were no arenas," he explained, via The Hollywood Reporter. "If we went backwards, there obviously would be arenas."
Forget, if you can, that the arenas those kids are apparently are the same ones where children battled to the death. Anyway, here are seven Hunger Games prequels we would actually like to watch:
1. Haymitch Abernathy: Katniss and Peeta's mentor's own history with the Games is briefly glossed over in the quadrilogy, but there is plenty written about the 50th Hunger Games in the books to dig into. Haymitch became a victor when he was just 16, and his time in the arena sounds horrifically cinematic (killer birds, battle axes, force fields, etcetera). We want to meet Maysilee Donner, too.
2. Johanna Mason: A movie centered around Johanna's Game would almost be like The Hunger Games we already have, but with an awesome anti-hero. During the 71st Hunger Games, Johanna pretended to be a weakling, then, when the other tributes overlooked her, she murdered them all. Though, this one would have a depressing ending, as Snow murdered her entire family because she refused to become his prostitute.
3. President Snow: Speaking of, Lionsgate could center a prequel around Donald Sutherland's tyrant and how he rose to power. It's not unheard of, Star Wars centered their prequel trilogy on the villain, Anakin Skywalker aka the future Darth Vader. We would get to see the Games from the other side, which would provide a truly twisted perspective.
4. The Dark Days: As a movie, this might actually be too dark, but a trilogy following some previously unheard of character who was around at the time the 13 Districts rose up against the Capitol, were subsequently suppressed, and the Hunger Games were formed, would provide history for the series. It would also be bleeeak, seeing as we know how that rebellion ended. (Spoiler: Not great.)
5. Finnick Odair: Finnick, who won the 65th annual Hunger Games when he was only 14 years old, is a bit like the anti-Katniss. He's charming, making him instantly beloved by the Capitol. He comes from a Career District. His weapon of choice is a trident. Unfortunately, unlike Johanna, Finnick does become a prostitute. But at least we'd get a Mags cameo before that!
6. Annie Cresta: This would absolutely be the most harrowing movie from the list, considering everything Annie goes through, but...there is an arena. Annie was victor during the 70th Hunger Games, where she witnessed the other tribute from her District being beheaded, went insane, and only won after a dam flooded the arena and killed all the other contestants. Again: There is an arena.
7. Effie Trinket: The escort for District 12 has a fairly mysterious past of her own -- in so much as it's not spelled out in any of the novels -- but she is such a complicated, compelling character that we imagine a movie that explores how growing up in the Capitol and escorting kids to their death has affected her psyche -- plus, the fashion! -- would be endlessly fascinating.
Also, it's the only option that doesn't necessarily end in horrible sadness.
Until then, watch Jennifer Lawrence recall her most embarrassing moment: