Lionsgate is developing a prequel film to its Hunger Games franchise based on an upcoming prose novel from creator/author Suzanne Collins, as reported by NBC News.
The novel and film will be set 64 years prior to the start of the Hunger Games novels, in the early days of Panem's reconstruction.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published," said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in a statement. "We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie."
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” said Collins in an accompanying statement. “The reconstruction period ten 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.”
The Hunger Games prequel novel is scheduled for a May 19, 2020 release. No projected release date for the film was announced.