'The Hunger Games' Is Getting a Prequel Film

Francis Lawrence will return to direct
'The Hunger Games' Is Getting a Prequel Film
The Hunger Games mastermind Suzanne Collins is readying the new prequel novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and it's now already been revealed the book will be adapted for a new Francis Lawrence-directed film.

Along with Lawrence returning to direct the project for Lionsgate's multibillion-dollar franchise, the film will also see the return of producer Nina Jacobson. Collins will serve as executive producer.

While Collins's novel is slated to be released on May 19, the film has yet to receive a release date. However, we do have its official synopsis below:

The film will focus on Coriolanus Snow at age 18, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games… only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up amazing cinematic possibilities," Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said in a statement. "We're thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can't wait to begin production."

The last instalment of the franchise was 2015's Mockingjay – Part 2.

The film does not yet have a title, cast or release date. Stay tuned for more news on the prequel as it becomes available.