The original books sold more than 65 million copies in the United States alone, and spawned a multi-billion dollar blockbuster film franchise starring Oscar victor Jennifer Lawrence as arrow-slinging heroine Katniss Everdeen. There have been rumors about a spin-off movie for several years, and it has now been confirmed that a prequel film is in development.
While the new novel from Suzanne Collins has no official title as yet, it is set to be released in May of next year, and according to the New York Times, it will be a prequel set 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games novel.More news: NOAA: 260 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number
The still-untitled novel will be released by Scholastic and set 64 years before the start of the original "Hunger Games" novels.
The setting "provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity", her statement added.More news: West Ham Take Firm Line On Manchester United Target Issa Diop
"Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary", Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement released today via USA Today. Obviously, Jennifer Lawrence won't be in the movie, but after the flat finales to both Hunger Games and X-Men, she could use time away from franchise filmmaking. The four films have made nearly $3bn at the box office and Lionsgate has expressed interest in extending the franchise as well. "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. However, it's interesting that this is just a standalone novel, rather than, say, a five-movie prequel series (for instance) that no one asked for; that speaks to it being a story worth telling in its own right, rather than an attempt to drag out a new trilogy.
The first three Hunger Games books - The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay - have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. "Are we becoming desensitized to the entire experience?" she said. And you know what that means: Lionsgate is laying in wait, ready to adapt it into another hopeful hit movie.More news: Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister's death