- Director Francis Lawrence is returning to the "Hunger Games" franchise.
Francis Lawrence is returning to the “Hunger Games” franchise, this time taking the helm for the prequel film based on Suzanne Collins’ new book, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” The new prequel book will be available on May 19th.
Lawrence directed the last three “Hunger Games” movies: “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay Part 1,” and “Mockingjay Part 2.” Also returning are producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Collins will write the film’s treatment and will serve as an executive producer. Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt will adapt the screenplay. Arndt previously served as a writer for “Catching Fire.”
The book “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” which is what the prequel movie will be adapting focuses on Coriolanus Snow at the age of 18 before becoming the tyrant leader of Panem. Coriolanus is a charming, handsome young man so as his family falls on hard times, he becomes a mentor for the Hunger Games. But when he is assigned to mentor a girl tribute from District 12, his elation is slashed.
The “Hunger Games” movies were a huge hit. The four feature films that grossed close to $3 billion worldwide. No actors have signed on as of yet, but most likely be announced after production resumes after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.