The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins has written a heartfelt thank-you letter to the team behind the movie series.
Now that Mockingjay – Part 2 is in theaters, the film adaptation series of The Hunger Games novels is finally complete.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are moving on to greener pastures, and it seems original author Suzanne Collins is ready for the next chapter as well.
The author, who wrapped up the Hunger Games trilogy in 2010 with Mockingjay, has released a beautiful, lengthy thank-you letter to the cast and crew, tying a nice bow on the franchise.
Having spent the last decade in Panem, it’s time to move on to other lands. But before I do, I’d like to say a tremendous thank you to everyone associated with the film franchise. I’m thrilled with how this quartet of films, which I find both faithful to the books and innovative in its own right, has been brought to life on the screen.
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For me, The Hunger Games Trilogy is part of a larger goal to introduce the ideas of just war theory to young audiences, but how much wider and more varied an audience came with the films, and the credit for that goes to all of you who contributed so much to this project.
Speaking specifically about Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Collins says:
There’s no Hunger Games without Katniss. I hoped for someone good enough, and I got someone who exceeded all my expectations. Jennifer Lawrence, your emotional depth, luminous presence, and sheer power carry this story and I will always be grateful to you for opening the door and allowing it to come into your life.
And for the rest of the cast, if I had a chance, who would I replace in these films? No one. I don’t think there’s a weak link in the chain, and what an exquisite chain it is. I still can’t believe half of you came on board. You blow me away with your ability to bring out the humanity of these characters from under outlandish wigs, while fighting lizard mutts, pumped with tracker jacker serum, waging war and so much more. Thank you for volunteering for the Games and inhabiting these characters with such texture, color, humor and pain.
Collins wraps up her letter with the iconic, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Of course, as we know, Lionsgate isn’t ready to move on from Panem. With spinoffs and a theme park in the works, it looks like this franchise will be milked for all it’s worth. But this letter makes it sound like that’ll all happen without Suzanne Collins’ involvement!
Collins’ most recently published work was Year in the Jungle, an illustrated children’s book released in 2013.
Listen to Hypable’s Hype Podcast’s review of Mockingjay – Part 2 right here!