Jennifer Lawrence ‘Hunger Games’ returns to the big screen

Finally, the much awaited Hunger Games prequel movie is in the works.

The Hunger Games trilogy writer, Suzanne Collins, is set to release her long anticipated novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on May 19. With that being said, the book, which revolves around the Hunger Games world would be turned into a Hunger Games prequel movie.

Lionsgate confirmed that the aforementioned film is currently in development and would be part of the famous Hunger Games film franchise in the future.

Previous Hunger Games films

The first Hunger Games movie released in 2012, directed by Gary Ross was a financial success and the follow up, Lawrence’s Catching Fire on 2013, was an even bigger hit. However, the box office returns diminished in both Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

Lionsgate believe though that there is still a compelling dystopian universe and a long history unexplored in the main series. Therefore the company remains open to more Hunger Games movies.

Surprisingly, it seems that they have found what they are searching for in the latest novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Collins.

Hunger Games prequel plot

The prequel movie will focus on Coriolanus Snow at age 18, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. It will cover the 10th annual hunger games, set 64 years before the original trilogy, long before recurring characters Katniss Everdeen or Peeta Mellark had even been born.

While the Snow family has fallen into tough times, young and charming Coriolanus sees a chance for a change of fortune. His life started to transform when he selected as a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games.

Story twist arrives as his elations shatters with the news of having to mentor a girl tribute from impoverished District 12. On the other hand, Coriolanus Snow is not the only familiar face who we might see because Mags Flanagan was also alive at that time.

Mags was the female tribute from District 4 during the 75th Hunger Games, where she volunteered to take the place of Annie Cresta, eventually sacrificing herself to save Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

All about the production crew

The studio will bring on the same creative team that translated some of the novels to the big screen. Color Force’s Nina Jacobson, who has produced all of the films in the Hunger Games franchise, will produce the adaptation of the new novel, along with her partner Brad Simpson.

Francis Lawrence, who directed Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2, will return to helm the prequel. Collins will write the film’s treatment and Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine is in charge of the screenplay.

No news yet on casting, but this is a big project to plan for once production kicks off after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. 

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