The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes: The Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Gets The Official Release Date

The most recent CinemaCon event gave us a lot of information regarding the upcoming entries of the biggest movie franchises, including Marvel, DC, Avatar, and Mission: Impossible. One franchise that was also mentioned at the event was The Hunger Games, a movie series based on the trilogy of novels of the same by Suzanne Collins.

The original movie — The Hungers Games — was released in 2012 and it starred Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence reprised the role in 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the movie series was concluded with a two-part adaptation of the third book — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, with the first part released in 2014 and the second part in 2015.

Collins, the author of the novel trilogy, wrote a prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and the book was first published in May 2020. Almost immediately after the book was released, the plans for the adaptation began. And now, Lionsgate confirmed that the prequel will be adapted into a movie of the same name, with the movie’s release date set for November 17, 2023, Deadline has learned.

Francis Lawrence, who directed every Hunger Games movie except the first one, is set to direct a prequel from the screenplay written by Michael Arndt, while Collins will be credited for the story. Collins will also serve as the executive producer. The prequel will follow 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, the main antagonist of the franchise who was portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the previous movies.

With the four movies released so far, The Hunger Games movie franchise grossed almost $3 billion worldwide.