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Hunger Games Prequel Movie – The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes – Will Start Filming Next Year

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BY August 13, 2021

It doesn’t feel too long ago that a young Jennifer Lawrence was playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movies. But it has been six years since we last saw the world of Panem on-screen. However, it won’t be too long before we return to the districts as Lionsgate is developing a prequel movie based on the most recent Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows a young President Snow, and will begin production in 2022.

The Hunger Games Prequel Movie Will Bring Back Familiar Directors And Writers

Hunger Games Prequel Image via Scholastic

The prequel book just came out last year in 2020, and was immediately optioned for film adaptation. A host of producers and crew from the previous Hunger Games movies are also returning for the prequel. Francis Lawrence who directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire along with both of the Mockingjay movies is onboard to direct the prequel. Michael Arndt – who wrote Catching Fire will pen the screenplay from a story adaptation by Suzanne Collins. Nina Jacobson will also return as producer, alongside Brad Simpson.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Is A Villain Origin Story

Hunger Games Prequel Donald Sutherland as President Snow | Image via Lionsgate

The story follows a young Coriolanus Snow. The ambitious young man is chosen to mentor a young woman named Lucy Gray for The Hunger Games. Lucy is the tribute from District 12, much like Katniss will be in the future. Snow is only 18 years old in this book, as it takes place many years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem.  The story shows how Snow was set on his path of cruelty, and may explain why he hates District 12 so much.

No casting for The Hunger Games prequel film has been announced as of yet. The film is currently in pre-production so we will have to wait to see who will play the young Snow. We will certainly be keeping an eye on this project as it continues to develop. To stay up to date on all of the latest genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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