Suzanne Collins’ ‘Sunrise on the Reaping’ Already Confirmed for a Movie Adaptation, Releasing in 2026

Suzanne Collins' 'Sunrise on the Reaping' Already Confirmed for a Movie Adaptation, Releasing in 2026

As you will most likely know, The Hunger Games novel series by Suzanne Collins is a pillar of modern young adult fiction and one of the most important franchises of our time. It started off as a trilogy of novels – The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010) – which was later adapted into a well-received and lucrative film series. In 2020, Collins wrote The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and we reported just yesterday that a new prequel novel, Sunrise on the Reaping, would be published on March 18, 2025. And while we have discussed a possible adaptation, we did not expect any official announcement anytime soon, seeing how the book is not even out yet.

But, just a day later, it was officially confirmed that a movie adaptation of the yet-unreleased novel Sunrise on the Reaping would be made and that it is scheduled for a November 20, 2026, theatrical release date.

The movie was confirmed via the official Twitter (now X) channel of The Hunger Games movies with a short tweet announcing the movie and confirming a release date. As of the time of writing, absolutely nothing is known about the cast or crew members, so we cannot even begin to speculate. We can assume that the character of Haymitch Abernathy will return, but this will be a younger version of him, so don’t expect to see Woody Harrelson reprising his role.

Having said this, we can only reiterate that the book will take place 24 years before the first novel, i.e., that it is going to be yet another prequel, but a more recent one than the previous novel. The story of the novel begins on the morning of the 50th anniversary of the reaping of The Hunger Games and takes place during the Second Quarter Quell, which was won by Abernathy, who would later become Katniss’ and Peta’s mentor in the main series.

The novel itself is a major mystery, as we don’t know much about its content, but Collins has explained that the story will have a philosophical background:

With ‘Sunrise on the Reaping,’ I was inspired by David Hume’s idea of implicit submission and, in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative. The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.

Source: ScreenRant

This is, sadly, all that we have for you as of the time of writing, but don’t forget to keep following us for all the updates!

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