Hunger Games Is Getting a Prequel in 2020

Hunger Games prequel announcement - Suzanne Collins


Suzanne Collins Just Announced a Hunger Games Prequel Novel

Suzanne Collins, author of the hit novels turned movies, The Hunger Games, has a major announcement for us. Hunger Games is getting a prequel novel. Yes, you read that right!

A Book Without a Name

Panem untitled Hunger Games prequel
Untitled Hunger Games prequel announcement poster

The Hunger Games‘ prequel doesn’t yet have a name—but that hasn’t stopped fans from freaking out about the news. The novel may not have a name, but it has a release date. So far we’re looking at May 19th, 2020 for the release.

Dark Days

The new novel is going to take place in the time of the failed rebellion—about sixty-four years before the events of the series. That means these will set up for the events in The Hunger Games. The real question is—just how far can Collins push it, without creating clashes with the plots she’s already written?

It’s a bit surprising (and exciting) to hear that Collins wants to do a prequel, instead of moving forward in the timeline. However, it sounds like she has solid reasons for doing so.

As if the news of a sequel wasn’t exciting enough, there’s more! Lionsgate (the company behind the Hunger Games movies) is already expressing interest in an adaptation. It’s really no surprise, given how much money the franchise racked in.

Press Release

In a press release through Associated Press, Collins revealed some details about her goals with this new novel: “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” she said. “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.”

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