The new book by Suzanne Collins (author of the trilogy The Hunger Games) The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel to the original trilogy – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay – will be adapted into a prequel movie as well by Lionsgate.
The studio will reunite director Francis Lawrence, screenwriter Michael Arndt, and producer Nina Jacobson along with author Collins to adjust this new project. The new book will be published in several platforms simultaneously on May 19th and it’s expected to enlarge the billion franchise in terms of profit.
This new adaptation that takes place in the Hunger Games universe will focus on Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland in the original saga) at the age of 18 before he became the tyrannical President of Panem.
As the press release states, the young version of Snow is charming and handsome and to escape the misfortune of his family he sees a chance to change when he is chosen to be a mentor for a girl from impoverished District 12 (remember anyone?) in the Tenth Hunger Games.
The re-enlisted team is composed of Nina Jacobson as a producer and who has produced all of the films in the franchise, alongside her partner Brad Simpson that is also involved in a producorial capacity. The director of Catching Fire, Mockingjay part 1 and part 2 Francis Lawrence; The author Collins besides the writing will also serve as an executive producer and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Oscar-winner) will adapt the screenplay. Jim Miller, the Lionsgate executive who has served as the studio’s project executive on all of the franchise’s films, will oversee the production.
The whole deal was overseen by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate, who made this production a priority for the Studio. He said:
DRAKE: “Suzanne’s new book has been worth the wait. It offers everything fans could hope for and expect from TheHunger Games while also breaking new ground and introducing an entirely new canvas of characters. […] We’re thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can’t wait to begin production.”
Suzanne Collins said the following:
COLLINS: “Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book. From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera. It’s such a pleasure to be reuniting with Nina, Francis, and Michael to adapt the novel to the screen, and having them share their remarkable talents, once again, with the world of Panem. I look forward to collaborating with them and all at Lionsgate as we bring The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to theaters worldwide.”
The fifth film in the franchise still does not have a date to start production since everything is on hiatus duringthe coronavirus outbreak. But we’re excited to see it eventually come together.