The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, last year’s prequel to the popular Hunger Games series from writer Suzanne Collins, is set for a film adaptation at Lionsgate. Speaking during a recent quarterly earnings call, Lionsgate’s chairman Joe Drake expressed pleasure with the film’s pre-production and indicated that full production should begin in early 2022 with an eye on a late 2023/early 2024 release. Francis Lawrence returns to the director’s chair while Little Miss Sunshine‘s Michael Arndt, who also contributed to Catching Fire, is writing the film adaptation.
The book’s synopsis reads:
“It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.”
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