Lionsgate confirmed during an earnings call that a Hunger Games prequel is in the works and that filming will begin early next year.
The Hunger Games movies were a massive success for Lionsgate, becoming some of the highest-grossing movies of all time with a total gross of almost $3 billion.
The last time we heard of Katniss Everdeen and her world was way back in 2015 after the series concluded with Mockingjay Part 2. Now, we are set to get another film in the series, this time, a prequel.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake confirmed the news during an earnings call. He said that the movie is "moving along really, really well" and that pre-production will begin in early 2022. With this in mind, we can expect the movie to drop sometime in 2023.
The prequel will be based on the brand spanking new book from Susan Collins called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The book was released last year and follows a young Coriolanus at the age of 18. He is "handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games… only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12."
In the Hunger Games series, the character of Coriolanus was played fantastically by Donald Sutherland but at the moment we don't know who will be playing the young Snow in the prequel. Francis Lawrence, who directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & Part 2 will be returning to direct the film based on a script by Michael Arndt.
Jennifer Lawrence will not be returning to reprise her role as it is way before her character's time. With production beginning next year we can expect to get more and more information as time goes by.
It was also revealed by Drake that John Wick 4 started filming back in June but we have yet to get a release date.