The Hunger Games Prequel Movie Moving Forward at Lionsgate

22 Avril, 2020, 01:53 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

Collins, who is also executive producing, is set to write the film's treatment while Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has been brought on board to pen the screenplay.

Collins' dystopian series, which includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, has sold tens of millions copies worldwide and is the basis for four Lionsgate movies that earned almost $3 billion and starred Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Set roughly 64 years before "The Hunger Games", "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would eventually rise to become the authoritarian ruler of the dystopian nation of Panem, and the central villain of the original "Hunger Games" series.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake said in a statement that Collins" new novel is "creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up incredible cinematic possibilities'. With his family having fallen on hard times, Snow sees an opportunity to reverse their fortunes when he's chosen to be a mentor in the 10th Hunger Games, although his excitement is snuffed out when he learns he's assigned to guide the girl tribute from District 12, the poorest of Panem's 13 districts and where Katniss Everdeen will be born decades later.

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, with the publication noting that Francis Lawrence - who helmed the three Hunger Games sequels, but not the original - will direct the prequel.

Given Lawrence's enthusiasm for all things Hunger Games (in 2015, he was quoted as saying "any time [author] Suzanne Collins wants to tell more stories from the world, sign me up"), this hiring isn't a big surprise. Suzanne Collins had this to say in a statement. We're thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can't wait to begin production.

As we already knew, the prequel is titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which, according to a Lionsgate press release, will also be the title of the film.

He said: "We've been communicating with her [Collins] during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie". The Hunger Games franchise proved to be massively successful for Lionsgate.

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