After an entire decade of waiting, Suzanne Collins finally came out of hiding to announce a Hunger Games prequel! It will bring readers back into the vibrant yet socially unjust world of Panem. Collins’ publisher, Scholastic, posted a teaser for the book on their official Twitter account June 17, Monday.
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) June 17, 2019
It is scheduled for release May 19, 2020, but currently remains untitled. The novel will be set 64 years before the beginning of the original trilogy so we won’t be hearing from Katniss Everdeen this time. Collins said that the book will follow the so-called Dark Days, the failed rebellion in Panem.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind the four Hunger Games movies we all know and love, were quick to release a statement shortly after the announcement. They state that they’ve been communicating with Collins during her writing process and are looking forward to working with her on the movie.
The studio didn’t clarify if they’ve reached an agreement for film rights yet but it’s safe to say that they have a plan in motion and are as eager as all of us to read the book.
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