New Hunger Games Prequel Coming in 2020

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It’s been nine years since we last visited Panem. In the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen had helped overthrow the government and realized power corrupts. Now Suzanne Collins, the author behind the hit series, says it’s time to revisit the Panem world but this time before the events of the original series.

Plot of The Matter

The as-of-yet untitled prequel is slated to hit bookshelves on May 19, 2020. Collins has stated that the new book will take place in the “Dark Days” of Panem, before the reconstruction of the fictional world. “The reconstruction period 10 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,” Collins said in a statement to The Associated Press announcing the release. “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”

Plot details and characters are being kept secret for now, according to Entertainment Weekly. Katniss Everdeen, the heroine from the original series, will not be a part of the new book since it is set more than 60 years before she was born.

Big Screen Bound?

Lionsgate, the movie production company behind The Hunger Games movies is said to be working on securing a deal to make the prequel movie. This is not a surprising move for them since the original series brought in more than $3 billion over the course of four films. Lionsgate Chairman Joe Drake said in a statement: “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

The Hunger Games are good for business.