The world is eagerly anticipating the release of several highly anticipated movies like the Marvels, West Side Story, and others, yet there’s one upcoming movie that seems to be flying under the radar: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise. The caller, Juan, recently brought up a great question: why hasn’t anyone been discussing this movie? Is it because it’s a prequel to the already successful Hunger Games series, or is it because Jennifer Lawrence is no longer the main star?
No Buzz for New Hunger Games Prequel
John Campea, the host of the show, shares Juan’s sentiments. Initially, he believed that going back to the world of Panem and telling the origin story of President Snow might be a unique and exciting twist for the franchise. However, John notes that no one seems to be talking about it or generating any buzz, which is concerning. Marvel’s upcoming movies are generating buzz because of the brand and the franchise, but this Hunger Games prequel doesn’t seem to be doing the same.
The Absence of Original Star Jennifer Lawrence
One of the reasons that this installment may be more of a challenge for the production team is the absence of Jennifer Lawrence, the main star of the original Hunger Games series. There’s no denying the impact she had on the franchise, and her absence may be a deterrent for some fans.
It’s not just Juan and John who are feeling a lack of excitement for the prequel; many others are also displaying a similar lack of buzz. Despite the fact that the Hunger Games franchise was popular, well-known, and financially successful, this new movie seems to have been relegated to the back burner.
But is this lack of hype solely because of the absence of Lawrence? It could be a possibility, especially considering how popular and high-profile she is after her award-winning performances. But, John points out that this might be a blessing in disguise for the franchise. Going back to the roots and telling the story of Snow, who grew up in a completely different world, might be a welcomed change of pace.
New Hunger Games May Be Difficult For Fans to Connect With
John notes that prequels can also be problematic, as it is hard for audiences to get as invested, since they already know what will happen to the main character. We all know Snow will become an evil tyrant, so what else is there to explore? Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how they approach the story and bring something new to the table.
It’s essential to note that these are just speculations as to why we haven’t heard much about this new Hunger Games installment. Fans may have to wait until the actual movie’s release to make a definitive judgment. Nevertheless, it’s fascinating to note the lack of hype and whether it was a purposeful choice for the production team or not.
In summary, while there is an upcoming Hunger Games prequel, it seems to have lost momentum and not receiving the same buzz as some other highly anticipated releases. It could be due to the absence of Jennifer Lawrence or the fact that prequels are challenging without a fresh and original plot. Still, fans will have to wait to see the actual movie to determine whether all the hype is worth it.