Author Suzanne Collins is releasing a new Hunger Games book, this one set to be a prequel novel. So, of course, Lionsgate is already looking at a film adaptation.
Book publishing and distribution company Scholastic has announced that they will be releasing the book on May 19, 2020. The story will be set on Panem on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games, 64 years before the events with Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence in the films).
As explained by Collins, the new book will be following characters in the “Dark Days” of Panem, as the nation attempts to rebuild a decade after the war.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins, who was on board as co-writer on the first film and as executive producer on the overall film franchise, said in a 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.”
Said Scholastic Trade President Ellie Berger: “Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary. 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.”
Lionsgate was behind the four Hunger Games movies, the latter two of which were a two-parter. Considering the movies pulled in close to $US3 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that they have been circling Collins’ new book early.
“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. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
English rights of the still-untitled new Hunger Games book were acquired by Scholastic. Print, digital and audio formats will be distributed in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, the UK and Ireland next year.