The Hunger Games Prequel Is In The Works At Lionsgate

Credit: Murray Close, Lionsgate

One of the most popular books and movie franchises of the last years were no doubt Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series around Katniss Everdeen. The series is still very popular and well-loved among fans and while the “Hunger Games” in the movie series were ended for good at the end of Catching Fire, the games are back on for the fans!

Lionsgate has officially announced that a prequel is in the works. It will be based on the upcoming novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Francis Lawrence, who directed Catching Fire, as well as Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, is on board to direct the upcoming movie as well. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, who were producers on the series movies before, will return as well.

The film will focus on Coriolanus Snow at age 18, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games… only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.

The author of the books, Suzanne Collins is happy about the deal that has been reached, as she expressed by saying: “Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book. From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera. It’s such a pleasure to be reuniting with Nina, Francis, and Michael to adapt the novel to the screen, and having them share their remarkable talents, once again, with the world of Panem. I look forward to collaborating with them and all at Lionsgate as we bring The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to theaters worldwide.”

It hasn’t been announced yet when the movie will be released and if any casting decisions have been made. Though, I’m sure that we can expect casting news once the COVID-19 pandemic/hell is over.

The novel is being released on May 19, 2020, in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Anna Hattingen