‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Trailer Coming Next Week, Potential Franchise Future

– by Joseph Medina

“Hunger Games” fans are likely both excited and depressed for what the latter half of the year holds. This holiday season marks the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the fourth film in the series, as well as the conclusion of the successful YA film series, based on the book series of the same name by Suzanne Collins. So far, we’ve had a couple of teasers and viral videos advertising this film, but given how close the movie is to its release, fans have been chomping at the bit for an opportunity to see a full trailer.

Looks like their dreams area bout to come true. According to a tweet from the official “Hunger Games” Twitter account, we have one short week to wait until we get a trailer for the final movie.

The tweet is accompanied by a fifteen-second sizzle reel of things to expect.

The release of the film will mark the end of an era, not quite on par with that of the “Harry Potter” series, but influential nonetheless. The series sparked its own batch of imitators, none of which have managed to live up to the success of “The Hunger Games” franchise, and it’s also helped to make star Jennifer Lawrence the bankable name she is today. With the end of such a profitable franchise, one has to expect that the studio is scrambling to find ways to prolong the series.

Although the “Harry Potter” series has long since ended, Warner Bros. managed to extend the success with the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” films, which are set in the same universe, only decades earlier. Could this be the direction that Lionsgate could take “The Hunger Games” franchise?

In an interview with Collider, producer Nina Jacobson discussed the possibility of potentially continuing the story in some way or another.

“For me I have said if Suzanne Collins has stories she wants to tell, I will be there to tell them in a heartbeat. I feel like we have told Katniss’ story, and the Girl on Fire, and the story we set out to tell. I don’t know what other stories there are to tell, honestly, but if Suzanne wants to tell them, I'm there.”

So while the possibility for more stories within the “Hunger Games” universe is possible, I wouldn’t count on it anytime soon.

The synopsis for the film is as follows (via Lionsgate):

“With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games."

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” hits theaters on November 20, 2015. 

Sources: The Hunger Games Twitter, Collider, Lionsgate

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