2020 is going to be an excellent year for fans of the “Hunger Games” as Scholastic has just announced a new novel by Suzanne Collins! The prequel book will take place in Panem 64-years before the events of the original trilogy and will be available pick it up on May 19th, 2020. Not only that, but Lionsgate is already circling to develope a cinematic prequel film if things work out with the author.
About returning to the world of Panem, Collins shares:
“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.”T
The plan is for Scholastic to release the prequel in print, digital, and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand markets.
According to Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade:
“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.”
For those of us who love world building, the idea of actually getting a look at how Panem won and built their social structure is one that we’re all looking forward to.
As to a potential movie, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Joe Drake added:
“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.”
With how much money the films were able to generate, it is no surprise Lionsgate would love to further explore the world which Collins has built. Of course, with how the studios really like to extend young adult novel adaptations, this also means that any this project could potentially be expanded into two films
Are you eager to check out this “Hunger Games” prequel novel next year? Would another film set in the world of Panem be of interest to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!