Lionsgate Developing ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Movie with Director Francis Lawrence

On Tuesday, Lionsgate announced that a The Hunger Games prequel movie is currently in the works. Original trilogy writer Suzanne Collins is planning to release a prequel novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake, on May 19. The film adaptation of the book will be directed by Francis Lawrence with Michael Arndt penning the script and Nina Jacobson producing. There’s currently no word on casting for the movie prequel.

The Hunger Games prequel film will focus on Coriolanus Snow, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. Snow sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games, but finds his hopes diminished when he is assigned to mentor a girl tribute from the barren District 12.

Lionsgate’s Hunger Games series turned into a blockbuster film franchise with the studio’s four movie adaptations, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, earning close to nearly $3 billion at the box office. Lionsgate debuted the first of four blockbuster movies in 2012, which starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games franchise also starred Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.

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