Suzanne Collins is going back to Panem. The best-selling young adult author is writing a prequel to her celebrated Hunger Games trilogy.
Scholastic will release the currently untitled book on May 19, 2020. The first novel in the original Hunger Games trilogy was published in 2008. The series went on to sell more than 100 million copies and spawned a blockbuster film franchise.
“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic Trade said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”
Lionsgate is working on a film adaptation
Collins wrote three YA novels about Katniss Everdeen and her struggle against the totalitarian government of Panem: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The books were adapted into four films starring Jennifer Lawrence as the title character. Collectively, they earned $3 billion at the box office. The last film in the series was released in 2015.
Lionsgate has been considering a prequel to the hit movies for some time, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now, with a new novel on the horizon, the studio says it is working with Collins on a film adaptation.
“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,” Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.
While no further details about the prequel movie are available, fans can safely assume the film will have an all-new cast, given that the story will take place many years before the events of The Hunger Games.
What to expect from the Hunger Games prequel
The forthcoming prequel novel will be set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games. The story will begin on the morning of the reaping for the 10th Hunger Games.
According to Collins, the book will explore the repercussions of the “Dark Days” — the period when some of the districts of Panem rebelled against the Capitol. After quashing the insurrection, the leaders in the Capitol established the annual Hunger Games, a brutal, nationally televised competition where children from each of the country’s 12 districts are required to fight each other to the death until a final victor emerges.
“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.
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