With a brand new Hunger Games novel set to hit stores next month, Lionsgate has announced this week that they will be setting up a movie based on the book as well. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is written by Suzanne Collins and serves as a prequel to the series, focusing on a young Coriolanus Snow years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. Francis Lawrence is returning to direct after helming all but the first movie. Here is the official plot synopsis from the book:
“It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.”
The script is being written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) from a treatment by Collins herself. The previous four Hunger Games movies made almost $3 billion worldwide but obviously the big question is whether audiences will still turn out even without Jennifer Lawrence being involved. No word yet on who might play the young Coriolanus Snow (he was played by Donald Sutherland in the previous films). The book hits stores on May 19th. Are you looking forward to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?