The Hunger Games kicked off one of the most successful YA fantasy franchises in recent history. So when author Suzanne Collins announced a prequel – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – it was only a matter of time before movie buzz began. Now the upcoming prequel to The Hunger Games will become a film from Lionsgate, the company that made the original film trilogy. Director Francis Lawrence is also back onboard to helm the prequel. Lawrence directed all three previous Hunger Games movies.
The Hunger Games Prequel Will Be A Movie
“‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ is creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up amazing cinematic possibilities,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. “We’re thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can’t wait to begin production.”
It is interesting that Lionsgate uses the word ‘franchise’ with regards to this new film. This suggests that the new Hunger Games prequel is just the start of another trilogy. That would mean that more movies, and books, are coming in the near future.
The Hunger Games prequel takes place approximately 64 years before the timeline of the original trilogy. It follows a young Snow – the man who will eventually become leader of Panem – during the early years of the Hunger Games. A synopsis from the publisher tells us the following about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Donald Sutherland as President Snow | Image via Lionsgate
A Synopsis of The Hunger Games Prequel
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is due for release on May 19, 2020. We will be updating with more adaptation news as it comes in.
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.