‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel From Suzanne Collins Coming In 2020, Lionsgate In Talks For Movie

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Scholastic has announced a May 19th 2020 publication date for a new “The Hunger Games” prequel novel penned by the series’ author Suzanne Collins.

The story is set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original trilogy on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games. Unsurprisingly Lionsgate is already in talks for a potential film adaptation of the still untitled work.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity,” Collins said in a statement.

Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group tells Deadline:

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

The four “Hunger Games” films have grossed $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office. Lionsgate has also licensed the film for theme parks and live concert tours, and a prequel movie has always been a possibility.