Lionsgate is in talks for a ‘Hunger Games’ movie following Suzanne Collins’ prequel announcement

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Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games is getting a prequel novel which will be published by Scholastic as announced by the publisher on Jun 17. The yet-to-be-titled book is expected to hit the shelves on May 19, 2020.

Within a few hours of the announcement, Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group had this to say about a potential movie for the prequel, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

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The production company has made four movies based on the Collins’ bestselling young adult dystopian trilogy, splitting the final book Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two movies. It is one of Lionsgate’s platinum franchises alongside Twilight having made close to $3 billion at the worldwide box office. The series also inspired a slew of similar young adult dystopian adaptations, namely, the Maze Runner series and the Divergent trilogy. Collins has served as the executive producer in the movies and was the co-screenwriter on the first movie – The Hunger Games.

The prequel will be set in Panem, 64 years before the events of the first book. So it will not feature Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the movies, the primary protagonist of the series. Collins had this to say about her return to the series, “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.”

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Notably, The Hunger Games series was a groundbreaking effort in the genre of young adult fiction and has sold more than 100 million copies of all three books in the trilogy. The books have also appeared the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks.

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