CinemaCon is an occasion for film studios to tease their upcoming slates to theater homeowners and media insiders. Lionsgate, the studio behind a wealth of nice motion pictures starting from John Wick to The Terminator and tons of in between, additionally introduced us the favored Hunger Games collection of movies, primarily based on the books by Suzanne Collins. Those 4 motion pictures have been a monstrous hit, pulling in over $3 billion globally and serving to launch the profession of actor Jennifer Lawrence, who performed lead heroine Katniss Everdeen.
So in fact, if there’s a technique to make extra Hunger Games movies, it’s gonna occur. Per Variety, a really brief stinger was proven through the Lionsgate presentation for a Hunger Games prequel movie; we pan over icy tree branches with superimposed gold textual content that reads, “The world will discover… who is a songbird… and who is a snake.” No precise footage from the movie was proven, and up to now not a single forged member has been introduced, so presumably this factor continues to be fairly early in pre-production.
Back in 2020, writer Suzanne Collins printed a prequel novel set 50 years earlier than the occasions of The Hunger Games referred to as The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It was truly introduced that Lionsgate was going to make a film out of the prequel e book earlier than it had even been printed, however this tease at CinemaCon is our first actual little bit of proof that it’s actually within the works.
A Hunger Games prequel film a couple of younger President Snow is on the best way
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows a younger Coriolanus Snow lengthy earlier than he turned the totalitarian chief of Panem. Here, Snow is chosen as a mentor for one of many contestants for the tenth annual Hunger Games, an occasion which sees chosen kids from every of Panem’s 12 districts battle to the loss of life for an opportunity at additional rations of meals for his or her households. Katniss, for reference, competes within the 74th Hunger Games, so there’s an terrible lot of floor to cowl between then and the unique movies.
Snow was performed by Donald Sutherland in all 4 of the Hunger Games motion pictures. It’s unknown if he’ll return for the prequel, however provided that the model that the character is far youthful within the new story, it appears unlikely until there’s some kind of flash-forward sequence.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that one other Hunger Games film is on the best way, however for some cause I discover myself giving this announcement the side-eye. Maybe it’s the truth that the third Hunger Games novel, Mockingjay, was cut up into two movies that felt like lower than the sum of their elements. The huge query to my thoughts is whether or not this prequel film will truly add one thing substantial to the movie collection. We’ll simply have to attend and see.
Given how little has been revealed about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, it’s doubtless nonetheless fairly a methods off. But there are nonetheless at all times these first 4 motion pictures to rewatch.
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