Bestselling young adult dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games will get a prequel novel from author Suzanne Collins. Though the title has yet to be announced, the book will be released on May 19, 2020. The prequel will take place 64 years before the events of the first book, on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.
“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,” Collins said in a news release.
“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” said Ellie Berger, president, Scholastic Trade. “We are absolutely thrilled—as both readers and publishers—to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”
The Hunger Games trilogy spawned a movie series, starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The first three films set box office records, with the first movie earning the highest opening day and weekend of a non-sequel film. The film franchise has earned nearly $3 billion at the box office, and ushered in a wave of young adult dystopian film adaptations, such as the Maze Runner series and the Divergent trilogy.
Update: Lionsgate expressed interest in adapting Collins’ upcoming Hunger Games prequel into a movie.
“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,” Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.