‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel Will Be Getting A Movie!

May the odds be ever in your favor… in manifesting the best for this film adaptation – after we get past the Coronavirus, that is…

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Well, my fellow THG fans, we finally made it: the extra layer of my dream about to come true.

Not only is Suzanne Collins in the works of putting out a novel that would continue her beloved Hunger Games series, but also, she is in the works of adapting that same novel into a movie that will officially continue the movie franchise – and the book isn’t even out yet! (I can officially note that I pre-ordered my copy on April 19th, as in exactly a month before the book’s release, so now I don’t have to worry in case the book gets sold out or anything…)

Just as a refresher, the prequel is going to be set exactly 64 years before the start of the first novel of the main series – so on the day of the Reaping for the 10th annual Hunger Games – and is going to be all about pre-President Coriolanus Snow during his younger years, specifically at age 18. The main premise is this: after he and his family have fallen on hard times, he is looking for a change in his situation after being chosen to mentor a Reaped tribute but is soon dismayed when he finds he has to mentor the girl tribute from District 12.


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Very interesting indeed. It definitely sounds like Snow to be quick to brush off tributes from the poorer districts like 11 and 12, as opposed to the richer, more well-known districts like 1 and 2.

Also, I have no doubt that we will see a younger version of Mags in the novel, because it’s set during the same Games she won back in her day, so that’s a no-brainer. And as for the songbirds and snakes within the title, we’re gonna have to wait some more to read and find out…

(In case you wanted to read an excerpt from the first chapter of the new book, click here.)





But anyway, back to the movie plans even before the book comes out…

It has been officially announced that Lionsgate has purchased the film rights to the adaptation for The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, and I couldn’t be happier to be getting another installment – in either medium – that would further expand the world of Panem, no matter which direction!

Speaking of direction, we’re gonna be getting the old filming crew back together, as our ever loyal director of the last three installments Francis Lawrence, producers Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson, and the Oscar award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt will be behind adapting the screenplay that our dear author Suzanne Collins will be writing…

With these wonderful people back in business with all things THG – the same ones that brought us the THG masterpiece that was and still is Catching Fire – you know we’re going to get a magical time out of watching what they give us, especially when you have the books’ author in charge of writing the film treatment of their material. You just know you won’t be disappointed from any lack of loyalty to the pages they’ve written and worked so hard for us to read and enjoy.

The book is still set to come out on May 19th, Coronavirus or no Coronavirus, and I can’t help but admire that. Even though we can’t say the same about the film adaptation in its planning stage, I will wait for it for as long as I need to. (I have to say it: “Stay with me?” “Always.”)

Also, upon getting your book and reading it, you can refer to this little Bingo card…


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May the odds be ever in your favor… in getting Bingo and in manifesting the best for this film adaptation – after we get past the Coronavirus, that is…

(Also, fun thing you can do right now: if you squint your eyes at the word Coriolanus, it kinda looks like Coronavirus. Now, could this be a coincidence…? Probably, or is it? You decide…)



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