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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel




Scholastic announced today that it is publishing Suzanne Collins’ new Hunger Games prequel novel, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

The novel will be set in the world of Panem 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games — well before the lifetime of the story’s protagonists Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence on-screen.
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“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,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group about the potential plans for a movie.

Lionsgate adapted four movies from Collins trilogy, splitting the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two parts. All in, the movies made close to $3 billion at the worldwide box office and next to Twilight is one of Lionsgate’s platinum franchises at the studio. The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five consecutive years), and there are more than 100 million copies of all three books in the trilogy.

On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Collins said, “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 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.”

Collins has been involved in the movies serving as an EP and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie. Though she seemed finished with Hunger Games after the publication of Mockingjay in 2010, she teased a new series of books at the 2013 BookExpo publishing convention. Collins most recent novel was in 2013, Year of the Jungle, based on the time in Vietnam served by Collins’ father, a career Air Force officer.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building , breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade. “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.”
https://deadline.com/2019/06/hunger-...ns-1202633483/

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re: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel

I think I only saw the first two films but didnít ever watch the last two. I just sort of lost interest in the series. I think a new film would be a dud without Lawrence personally. Iím not her biggest fan but she was undoubtedly the face of the series.
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re: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel

I never - and I mean never - get the appeal of a prequel movie or series. Once (Better Call Saul) I was pleasantly surprised that the story still had interesting twists and turns to tell, but by and large I don't need 2 hours of backstory and I can't possibly imagine what there could be about a failed revolution that resulted in launching of The Hunger Games that could possibly be worth making a movie about. Especially with zero characters involved that we have any connection with.
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I liked the franchise enough I'll give this a shot, but whether this fails or not probably largely has to do with who they cast to lead the movie.
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re: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel

Read the books, saw the movies and was entertained by them both. I'm game for a story which might help us to understand why The Hunger Games came into being (even though we'll already be at the 10th).
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Meh, o enjoyed the second movie to an extent but I found the whole series to be overrated. The success of the series is definitely due to Jennifer Lawrence.

IMO, the Maze Runner series is far superior to the Hungar Games series.
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^ It would be hard for me to choose between them, I liked both.

I think of all the YA series, Divergent would have to be the lesser choice. I don't even want to see a series like that, that they pissed away the story so badly nobody wanted to see any more of it, so they didn't film it, tried to turn it into a TV series that nobody cared about.

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Didn’t need the movies, I really don’t see a need for a prequel. I guess Donald Sutherland can get some more cash. And I don’t care what anyone thinks, the books and movies are just Battle Royal light. And they did it way better.
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re: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel

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Didn’t need the movies, I really don’t see a need for a prequel. I guess Donald Sutherland can get some more cash. And I don’t care what anyone thinks, the books and movies are just Battle Royal light. And they did it way better.
They could cast Kiefer instead.
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It has potential. I remember reading the first book and being captivated by the world Collins was describing. Once it became the Katniss and Peeta love story (about 3/4 of the way into the book), it went from being the book I was reading while eating breakfast to the book I had to remember to read at least one chapter before I went to sleep. Rest of the series had the same pull. I went from reading damn near the whole book in a day or so to taking several weeks to finish it.

In other words, it's a book about what I consider the most compelling part of the Panem universe, so I'm in.
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re: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023, D: Lawrence) -- prequel

Mags Flanagan (District 4) was the victor of the 11th Edition of the Hunger Games, so maybe we'll see her again... if they do another one and make this a new trilogy.
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At least they're basing it on an upcoming book and not making up their own plot. I've never actually read the books but I assume this isn't just a cash grab for the author.

I didn't watch the third and fourth movies until way after their theatrical release, mainly because it wasn't really about "the Hunger Games" at that point and it wasn't as interesting to me.
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Francis Lawrence Confirms Talks With Lionsgate About Directing Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel
https://theplaylist.net/francis-lawr...quel-20191101/
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Saw the first one. I think I saw the second one. Probably won't be interested in a prequel.
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Saw the first one. I think I saw the second one. Probably won't be interested in a prequel.
The second one was actually my favorite. The first and third ones werenít very good. The third one certainly wasnít good enough to split into two films but money makers gotta make money, I guess.

I may watch a prequel. There seemed to be some interesting things hinted at about the past. I never read the books so I donít know much beyond what was shown in the movies.

All things being equal though, Iíll take the Maze Runner series over the Hunger Games series.
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I've only read the first book and saw the first movie, and I will admit to being mildly interested in knowing how this all came about.
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The second one was actually my favorite.
I might have to track it down and see if it rings a bell.
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Liked the books. Liked the movies. I'd be down for this if it happens.
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It has potential. I remember reading the first book and being captivated by the world Collins was describing. Once it became the Katniss and Peeta love story (about 3/4 of the way into the book), it went from being the book I was reading while eating breakfast to the book I had to remember to read at least one chapter before I went to sleep. Rest of the series had the same pull. I went from reading damn near the whole book in a day or so to taking several weeks to finish it.

In other words, it's a book about what I consider the most compelling part of the Panem universe, so I'm in.

That. The world she created was fascinating and is ripe for more stories ... I loved the political intrigue and societal commentary, but then it turned it not the Katniss story. For me, it was the Star Wars Syndrome all over again.

Tell me the story of the world and the war, donít get bogged down on everything revolving around one or two characters and their families.
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I have seen the first two. That was enough.
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That. The world she created was fascinating and is ripe for more stories ... I loved the political intrigue and societal commentary, but then it turned it not the Katniss story. For me, it was the Star Wars Syndrome all over again.

Tell me the story of the world and the war, donít get bogged down on everything revolving around one or two characters and their families.
Yeah. I remember the very beginning of the first book, where Katniss was describing the policy that you could receive more government benefits, but you had to add your name to the Games lottery again. Katniss had maxed out the amount. That alone showed the desperation of her family and their situation.
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Originally Posted by Paff
It has potential. I remember reading the first book and being captivated by the world Collins was describing. Once it became the Katniss and Peeta love story (about 3/4 of the way into the book), it went from being the book I was reading while eating breakfast to the book I had to remember to read at least one chapter before I went to sleep. Rest of the series had the same pull. I went from reading damn near the whole book in a day or so to taking several weeks to finish it.

In other words, it's a book about what I consider the most compelling part of the Panem universe, so I'm in.


This has potential. I liked the first two flicks but 3 & 4 were stretched out and like you said, it became more about the relationships than the world.
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I'm of the general theory that prequels rarely work. I don't have a lot of confidence this one will...although let's see what the book is like.
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We know Coriolanus Snow, from Suzanne Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy and its film adaptations (where he was portrayed by Donald Sutherland), to be a villain — a manipulative tyrant, a brutal killer. Those were Katniss Everdeen’s novels, after all, and Snow’s dictatorial presidency stood as the main antagonist to her resistance-underdog story. But what if there was more to him than we knew? What if he could be — crazy as it may sound — a hero?

Last June, Scholastic announced that Collins had written a prequel set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (out May 19). And now EW can offer eager fans a taste of what to expect with this first excerpt — and reveal Snow as our new protagonist, a teenager born to privilege but searching for something more, a far cry from the man we know he will become. Here, he’s friendly. He’s charming. And, for now anyway, he’s a hero.
Who's the star of the Hunger Games prequel? Read the exclusive first excerpt
https://ew.com/books/2020/01/21/hung...usive-excerpt/
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Cool! Make him a young, brave soldier. Then he loses his mom. He finds a girl and falls in love, but she dies giving birth to twins, a boy and a girl.

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