Lionsgate on Tuesday unveiled a long-anticipated The Hunger Games prequel movie in the works. The author of the trilogy Suzanne Collins is ready to release her novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake on May 19, this year.
A New Novel and A New Adaptation
The book, which takes place in the Hunger Games universe, will get its movie. It will be directed by Francis Lawrence and produced by Nina Jacobson. They have had a contract with the studio on four movie adaptations of Collins’ books released earlier. Previous novel based movies The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay made approximately $3 billion at the box office.
Lionsgate’s Hunger Games series as a blockbuster film franchise stood as an example for post-apocalyptic movies. Other franchises like Mazerunner and The Divergent followed its path.
“Suzanne’s new book has been worth the wait. It offers everything fans could hope for and expect from The Hunger Games while also breaking new ground and introducing an entirely new canvas of characters,” stated the chairman of the studios, Joe Drake.
The Hunger Games prequel film will feature Coriolanus Snow in his teens. So it takes place years before him as President of Panem.
Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming. Though the Snow family has shattered, he sees a chance for a change. He gets assigned to be a mentor of 10th Hunger games for a girl competitor from District 12.
Cast And Crew
As previously announced by the chairman of the production house, the casting choice for the movie prequel remains unknown.
Color Force’s Nina Jacobson, who has produced all of the films in the Hunger Games franchise, will continue her role for the new adaptation along with her partner Brad Simpson.
The director of the last 3 parts Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1, and Mockingjay Part 2, Francis Lawrence, will reprise the director’s chair.
On the other hand, Michael Arndt, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, will steer the screenplay. Arndt previously served as one of the writers in the franchise.
Collins will write the film’s treatment and will serve as an executive producer of the new film. Moreover, She stated that she’s delighted to work with Lionsgate for the upcoming movie.
Jim Miller, the Lionsgate executive who has served as the studio’s project executive on all of the franchise’s films, will act as a production supervisor.
The Previous Stars
Lionsgate aired the first of four blockbuster movies in 2012. The film starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, in addition to, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks in lead roles.
They continued to play their roles throughout the franchise.