As one of the most successful film franchises of the last decade or so, The Hunger Games has built up a massive reputation for itself. And it’s easy to see why – an engrossing story that’s packed with emotion, powered by an exceptionally endearing cast. Add in the excellent writing and the thought-provoking plot, and it’s a simple winner for the modern cinematic audience out there. However, for all of its success, one thing you could say about the series is that it just kind of…. begins.
That’s why the development of a prequel movie is going to be so useful for setting the scene and the lore of the entire series. Lionsgate has decided to press forward with a fantastic sounding new prequel movie, known as The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It’s going to be a blockbuster from the sounds of it. The plot sounds pretty fantastic, in truth.
It’ll follow the story of Coriolanus Snow when aged just 18, prior to the rule of the President of Panem. It follows the Snow family and their challenging situation, and how Coriolanus managed to fall into the role of being a mentor for the tenth Hunger Games. However, when he’s assigned to the female tribute who has come from District 12, it changes everything.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, who worked on three of the films, this will ensure that there is a strong logical and thematic continuity within the movies. Speaking about the decision to put him back in the hot seat, Lawrence said: Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book. From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera.”
With close to $3bn in revenue taken worldwide, it’s safe to say that this is a winner with the modern movie audience. We’ll not see Jennifer Lawrence unfortunately, but we can expect a pretty stellar cast to be put in place for what is going to be the plot-setter for the entire storyline. Sounds amazing, right?
We’ll bring you more details about the upcoming release as time kicks on. Hey, with all of us still in lockdown, now might be a fantastic time to start reading into the wider The Hunger Games series, right?