The Hunger Games will return, may the odds be ever in our favor.

Last year, The Hunger Games series delivered the prequel novel, The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes. This novel deviated from centering around Katniss Everdeen and told the malicious President Snow’s story while showing him through a different lens. Long before the novel was released, Lionsgate began setting their plans to adapt this prequel into a movie in motion. Their plans have faced a couple of setbacks in light of the pandemic, but now their plans are back in motion and we may now know when they’ll hit the ground running.

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During Lionsgate’s quarterly earnings call, the company’s motion picture group chairman Joe Drake spoke about the plans for The Hunger Games prequel movie, which they intend to release in late 2023 or early 2024. The film reportedly plans to start production in the first half of 2022 and is apparently “moving along really, really well” in pre-production.

The Hunger Games Prequel and Snow

The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes takes place 62 years before the original trilogy and revisits Panem through the eyes of the future maniacal President Snow. He’s assigned to mentor District 12’s female tribute at the 10th Hunger Games in an ironic twist of foreshadowing. The book opens on the morning of the reaping, an event well known to Hunger Games fans alike. However, we see the heartbreaking holiday through the eyes of a very different protagonist and the story unfolds from there.

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“We see the evolution of Snow and that’s interesting. But to me, the more interesting part was seeing the evolution of Panem and seeing the Hunger Games in its 10th year and seeing how rudimentary it was,

And seeing how all of the themes and all of the ideas that we’ll see later in the trilogy are having their origin story. When you see them in the trilogy, it’s a foregone conclusion: The Hunger Games is what it is, it is evil, it is punitive. But seeing where it didn’t have to go that direction, seeing how it sort of wobbled and seeing how the forces pushed it into existence, that was fascinating to me because there are lessons to be learned about human nature and about societies and governments that we would really do well to listen to.”

David Levithan

The film will see the return of the director, Francis Lawrence who directed the first three movies. Publisher David Levithan also had this to say:

“Everybody at first thought it was going to be a fallen angel story like Snow’s going to be a hero and then something happens and he becomes bad. What Suzanne shows is that it’s so much more complicated than that. His personality was what it was but it was outside forces that either amplify pieces of who you are or help you go a different direction. You see a tug of war in this book.”

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Source: Deadline