On Monday, critically-acclaimed author Suzanne Collins announced that she is currently working on a prequel novel for The Hunger Games, with an expected launch on 19 May 2020 – cue the Mockingjay whistling.
The story for the new novel will take place exactly 64 years before the events of the current book series’ timeline, meaning that we won’t get the same characters from before. According to Suzanne, she wishes to explore the themes of human nature, and what we view as 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,” she explains.
Other than the novel, it seems like Lionsgate is preparing to sink its teeth into the new novel’s storyline for a big screen adaptation. Joe Drake (Lionsgate chairman) particularly expressed his excitement for the latest installment in the franchise. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
One thing’s for sure, I’ll readily offer myself as a tribute to get my hands on both the novel and the film.