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Hunger Games prequel movie is offcially happening

April 25th, 2020 by Marc Comments

As we reported before (most recently in December last year) there was talk of a Hunger Games prequel series (here) and now we have official news that yes, it’s happening.

After author Suzanne Collins Hunger Games book trilogy was adapted into four movies for Lionsgate, there was always talk of the franchise still having legs and now the author’s prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is set for the big screen treatment too.

Lionsgate is bringing together the team who made the franchise a big deal previously to try to capture the same lightning in a bottle.

Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 director Francis Lawrence will helm the new movie while the story will be penned by Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt who wrote the Catching Fire script under a pseudonym.

The new novel is due on shelves – or, as is the case now, online – on May 19th and is set in the early days of Coriolanus Snow, an 18-year-old “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.”

Lionsgate chairman Gropu Joe Drake said: “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. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up amazing cinematic possibilities. We’re thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can’t wait to begin production.”

It looks like the future of the Hunger Games, well, technically the past, is alive and very well.

Source: Collider

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….