New ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Novel and Film Adaptation Announced
Suzanne Collins is penning a prequel to the ‘Hunger Games’ series set 64 years before the beginning of her original trilogy, due to be released next year. Collins said in a statement Monday that she would go back to the years following the so-called “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in Panem.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “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.”
Lionsgate released the four “Hunger Games” movies—the last novel was broken into two parts to milk moviegoers—and the studio’s vice chairman, Michael Burns, has suggested a prequel.
In a recent statement to The Associated Press, the chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake, said, “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.”