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7 minutes ago, dudalb said:

But it will make a lot of money no doubt.

I mean... I've got a fair amount of doubt on that one. this summer proving that you can't just dredge up a recognisable brand name and expect people to turn up (unless you're disney).

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3 hours ago, Thanos Legion said:

They should adapt Gregor the Overlander instead, it’s the superior Collins series anyway :ph34r:

 

That would be amazing. It has talking animals enough to make parents feel ok to take their kids without realizing it's a Holocaust parallel. 

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A prequel? They are an iffy concept even when they focus on characters that fans might be inclined to care about (the younger days of older characters we already know, or the ancestors of our faves). With The Hunger Games, it's a prequel set after an ultimately failed rebellion and we know where are the world ends up. The general audience bailed on Mockingjay and that had characters people knew and cared about, so what is the appeal of this as a movie, again? 

 

Though I guess if the prequel is a big hit first as a book, it might build anticipation for a movie...

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There's not many movies in the past 10 years that opened over $100M that weren't Marvel/DC, but The Hunger Games got on the board all four times, peaking with movie #2. Not saying it'll do it again - we know how these spinoff/prequels can decline, look at Fantastic Beasts - just making a point at how remarkable the series was in its heyday. Lions Gate is just going back the once-successful well again like all these other studios do even if its drier now than before. The YA dystopian genre in particular has retreated a lot even since 2015.

 

Non-Marvel/DC Movie (2010-2019) Distributor Opening Theaters Multiplier Dom. Total Year
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney $248.0M 4134 3.78 $936.7M 2015
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Disney $220.0M 4232 2.82 $620.2M 2017
Jurassic World Universal $208.8M 4291 3.12 $652.3M 2015
Incredibles 2 Disney $182.7M 4410 3.33 $608.6M 2018
Beauty and the Beast Disney $174.8M 4210 2.88 $504.0M 2017
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows P2 Warner Bros. $169.2M 4375 2.25 $381.0M 2011
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lions Gate $158.1M 4163 2.69 $424.7M 2013
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Disney $155.1M 4157 3.43 $532.2M 2016
The Hunger Games Lions Gate $152.5M 4137 2.67 $408.0M 2012
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Universal $148.0M 4485 2.82 $417.7M 2018
Furious 7 Universal $147.2M 4022 2.40 $353.0M 2015
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn P2 Lions Gate/S $141.1M 4070 2.07 $292.3M 2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn P1 Summit $138.1M 4066 2.04 $281.3M 2011
Finding Dory Disney $135.1M 4305 3.60 $486.3M 2016
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows P1 Warner Bros. $125.0M 4125 2.37 $296.0M 2010
It Warner Bros. $123.4M 4148 2.65 $327.5M 2017
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – P1 Lions Gate $121.9M 4151 2.77 $337.1M 2014
Alice in Wonderland Disney $116.1M 3739 2.88 $334.2M 2010
Minions Universal $115.7M 4311 2.90 $336.0M 2015
Toy Story 3 Disney $110.3M 4028 3.76 $415.0M 2010
The Secret Life of Pets Universal $104.4M 4381 3.53 $368.4M 2016
The Jungle Book Disney $103.3M 4144 3.53 $364.0M 2016
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – P2 Lions Gate $102.7M 4175 2.74 $281.7M 2015
Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount $100.0M 4233 2.45 $245.4M 2014
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The problem with the YA Distopian   genre  is that the well is dry, it's been overused, except for a few diehard fans people are just tired of them. It's really hard to come up with new variation on thems,there have been so many.

If they keep the costs down, this film will make money on the strength of the specific Franchise, but I don't see how it could not be just more of the same. It  will be profitable, but not at the same level of the original series.

 

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Just now, dudalb said:

The problem with the YA Distopian   genre  is that the well is dry, it's been overused, except for a few diehard fans people are just tired of them. It's really hard to come up with new variation on thems,there have been so many.

 

Ready player one just made good business not so long ago, but it need some new twist to it like RPO had.

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YA is not dead, it never will be. it changes form. Harry Potter, to Twilight, to Hunger Games. 

#1 film of all time is YA

also as mentioned above ready player one did well last year.

 

Just have to give people a product they want to see.

(not convinced that a hunger games prequel fits this description tho)

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6 hours ago, Avatree said:

YA is not dead, it never will be. it changes form. Harry Potter, to Twilight, to Hunger Games. 

#1 film of all time is YA

also as mentioned above ready player one did well last year.

 

Just have to give people a product they want to see.

(not convinced that a hunger games prequel fits this description tho)

No one said YA is dead. What they said is that the Revolt against Distopia genre is pretty much exhausted.

And YA existed a long time before Harry Potter;it's not like Rowling invented the idea of novels aimed at the middle teen audience. Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton wrote Sci Fi novles pitches at that age group, Heinlien as far back and 1947. (Though they were called Junivniles back then). Both Moved on to adult fiction, but what we call YA books have been around for a long,long, time.

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10 hours ago, dudalb said:

No one said YA is dead. What they said is that the Revolt against Distopia genre is pretty much exhausted.

And YA existed a long time before Harry Potter;it's not like Rowling invented the idea of novels aimed at the middle teen audience. Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton wrote Sci Fi novles pitches at that age group, Heinlien as far back and 1947. (Though they were called Junivniles back then). Both Moved on to adult fiction, but what we call YA books have been around for a long,long, time.

I realise that, I did not claim JK Rowling invented young adult fiction.

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On 6/17/2019 at 12:11 PM, John Marston said:

Hunger Games was a fad. Does anyone even remember it these days?

Nope. It fizzled with Mockingjay split into 2 movies. Now nobody even mentions Katniss when they talk about iconic strong women in cinemas. Sad but true. Twilight that people thought would ride into oblivion is still a pop cultural reference unlike THG.

 

This prequel is a bomb in making. YA genre is dead. Poeple stopped caring for THG movies and they are not going to care for the prequel. 

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On 11/5/2019 at 1:47 PM, Valonqar said:

Nope. It fizzled with Mockingjay split into 2 movies. Now nobody even mentions Katniss when they talk about iconic strong women in cinemas. Sad but true. Twilight that people thought would ride into oblivion is still a pop cultural reference unlike THG.

 

This prequel is a bomb in making. YA genre is dead. Poeple stopped caring for THG movies and they are not going to care for the prequel. 

 

1. Everytime one of these wannabe YA franchises comes in, people ALWAYS compare them to THG. Last year, during the release of Darkest Minds, critics spent more time writing about THG than the movie itself.

 

2. According to who? There's a reason why Lionsgate has choose to invest on a THG prequel instead of trying to do something new with Twilight, and it's not like Mayer would deny writing a new book since she said several times she would be open to do it.

 

 

3. The lowest THG movie still made nearly $300m DOM and it would've reached it if it wasn't for TFA, but anyway. 

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This is what happens when you just care about money and not quality .Mockinjay had no reason to be split into two parts and the finale was rushed.It left a bitter taste at the very end...not to mention people had high hopes after how good Catching Fire was.

 

And I find this particular movie unnecessary as well.I mean we all know the bad guys won and years of civilians being murdered followed.

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