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The odds are in our favour: There’s a new Hunger Games film in the works

The latest movie will be based on the upcoming prequel titled The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, which will focus on the origin story of Coriolanus Snow.

The odds are in our favour: There’s a new Hunger Games film in the works

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, in a scene from the Hunger Games movies. (Photo: Lionsgate)

Prepare to return to Panem – but this time, we'll get to see it before Katniss Everdeen became the heroine of the story. 

The movie prequel is based on Suzanne Collins’ upcoming book, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes. The author expressed her delight in a release on Wednesday (Apr 22): “From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honouring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera.”

We’ll also take it as a good sign that original Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is returning to direct the prequel movie in the franchise.

Lawrence had previously directed all the Hunger Games films except the first, and The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes will make it his fourth Hunger Games flick in the franchise.

Other members of production in the original films will also make a return, such as producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and Catching Fire scriptwriter Michael Arndt. Arndt is reportedly adapting the screenplay for the prequel from a treatment written by Collins, who will be an executive producer.

The prequel will cover the rise to power of the original films’ main villain, Coriolanus Snow. In the prequel, Snow is 18 years old and has become a mentor in the 10th Hunger Games to a girl from District 12, which is where the original protagonist would eventually come from.

The book is set for release on May 19 in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, but no cast or release date has been announced for the film adaptation yet. 

The original versions starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks. 

Source: CNA/sr