Hunger Games Prequel on young President Snow announced with director of Mockingjay

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The Hunger Games franchise is back. Lionsgate announced Tuesday that the studio is developing a feature film version of Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Songbirds and Snakes Ballad. Francis Lawrence, who directed Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, will be back at the helm of this film. No word on the cast or a release date for the film. Collins’ novel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, will be released simultaneously by Scholastic in print, digital and audio formats in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on May 19.

Here is the official synopsis:

“The film will focus on Coriolanus Snow at the age of 18, years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem. The young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and although the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games … only for having her exaltation wiped out when he is assigned to supervise the tribute of the impoverished District 12 girl. ”

Collins will write the treatment for the film and will also serve as executive producer. Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3, Catching Fire) will adapt the script. Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson is back to produce this entry with color force partner Brad Simpson.“Suzanne’s new book was worth the wait. It offers everything fans can hope for and expect from The Hunger Games while innovating and introducing a whole new canvas of characters, “said Joe Drake, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in the announcement. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is passionately creative and takes this world into new complex dimensions that open up incredible cinematic possibilities. We are thrilled to bring this film crew together with this very unique franchise, and we look forward to starting production. “

The Hunger Games film franchise has earned more than $ 3 billion worldwide at the box office.

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