Within days of the June 2019 announcement that Suzanne Collins was set to release a prequel to The Hunger Games, Lionsgate publicly announced its interest in developing it into a movie. Well, the studio behind the original franchise and the author have managed to strike up a deal before the book is even released!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes tells the story of teenage Coriolanus Snow’s rise to power, exploring his privilege and how he initially honed it to take advantage of others and eventually rule Panem. It will take place during one of the earliest Hunger Games, where Snow serves as a Gamemaker.
The movie deal will see Francis Lawrence, who directed all but the first movie in the original franchise, return as director. Nina Jacobson return to produce alongside Brad Simpson. Suzanne Collins will adapt the screenplay with Michael Arndt, one of the writers behind the Catching Fire screenplay. rise to power, exploring his privilege and how he initially honed it to take advantage of others and eventually rule Panem.
“Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book. From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera,” Suzanne Collins said in a statement shared via EW. “It’s such a pleasure to be reuniting with Nina, Francis, and Michael to adapt the novel to the screen, and having them share their remarkable talents, once again, with the world of Panem.”