The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins is working on a prequel to her beloved young adult dystopian novels, and it’s set for release in less than a year, publisher Scholastic announced on Monday. Lionsgate, the studio behind the Jennifer Lawrence-led franchise of blockbuster films based on the books, is already in talks to develop the book as a movie. Scholastic has acquired worldwide English rights to the novel Collins is writing, “Untitled Panem Novel,” which is set for release on May 19th of 2020.
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The story will be set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games on the morning of the reaping of the 10th annual Hunger Games, an era commonly referred to in the series as the Dark Days. The four Hunger Games films have grossed a combined $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office. Lionsgate has also licensed the film for theme parks and live concert tours, and a prequel movie has always been a possibility.