The Hunger Games trilogy is getting a prequel movie based on the upcoming novel by Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
This was announced by production studio Lionsgate.
Francis Lawrence, who helmed Catching Fire and both Mockingjay films, will return to direct the new film. Collins herself will adapt the screenplay with one of the Catching Fire screenwriters, Michael Arndt.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place 64 years before the original book trilogy, a decade after Panem’s civil war, during a period referred to as the Dark Days. And instead of Katniss, the story will focus on 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, better known to fans as the tyrannical President Snow, who is played by Donald Sutherland in the film series.
The book is scheduled for release on May 19. Meanwhile, the movie does not have a release date yet.
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