A few weeks ago, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first film in the saga The Hunger Games which propelled Jennifer Lawrence to stardom. The literary trilogy has had four films, the last of which was released in 2015 and grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide. No wonder Lionsgate, which produced the saga, decided to adapt the prequel to the big screen.
What is the prequel aboutThe Hunger Games ?
It was in May 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, that Suzanne Collins published The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird. The book is actually a prequel set 62 years before Katniss Everdeen entered the arena. He is centered on Coriolanus Snow who will become the tyrannical President of Panem but is then only a young man aged 18. He will become one of the first mentors of the Games and will have to protect Lucy Gray Baird, the tribe of District 12.
What release date for The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird ?
The film version of the book was announced even before the publication of the novel, in April 2020. But since then, it’s been a bit dead calm on the announcement side (no thanks to the pandemic). But we reassure you, the project is still relevant and better: it now has a release date! Lionsgate announced at CinemaCon that The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird will be released in theaters November 17, 2023. Yes, it’s in a long time.
During the event where we were also able to discover the teaser of the film Don’t Worry Darling with Harry Styles or learn that The Batman will have a sequel, the studio has unveiled a first teaser, not yet available online. According to Variety, this video does not show the actors but simply images of illustrations with the text: “The world will find out who is a songbird and who is a snake“.
Shooting scheduled for summer 2022, casting not yet announced
So who will play Snow and succeed Donald Sutherland who played him in the original saga? For now, it’s still a mystery: the casting has not yet been officially revealed, but we can’t wait to discover the faces of the future heroes. As for filming? It should normally begin this summer in the United States. So we should know more soon.