Earlier this morning it was announced that Suzanne Collins would be writing a prequel story to The Hunger Games. Now, word has come out that Lionsgate is officially working on a film adaptation of this upcoming prequel story.
This news shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Hunger Games film quadrilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2) made a lot of money for Lionsgate. And since Mockingjay Part 2 only released four years ago, it makes sense that the studio would still be very willing to capitalize on a return to the world of Panem.
The untitled Hunger Games prequel book is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2020. The story takes place 64 years before the first Hunger Games book, and will start on the morning of the 10th annual Hunger Games.
Collins had the following to say about the forthcoming prequel: “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival …The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
It will be interesting to learn more about this prequel book and the prequel film as it presumably develops alongside it. What do you think about the news that a Hunger Games prequel film is in the works?
The prequel Hunger Games novel will arrive on May 19, 2020.