It’s confirmed! A new book is on the way from author Suzanne Collins! Over a decade after closing the Hunger games saga, the new book will take place 64 years before the original action started.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the press. “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.”
The original books dominated the young adult demographic selling more than 65 million copies and, with the backing of Lionsgate, created a multi-billion-dollar film franchise. The still untitled novel will be released on May 19, 2020 from Scholastic.
While a film is yet to be confirmed, what has been said by Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake has pointed in the direction of the prequel getting some screen time, as Drake has confirmed that the production company was in close contact with Collins throughout the writing process.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” Mr Drake said in a statement. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
According to the New York Post, Scholastic representatives have declined to comment on the plot, but was in no short supply of praise for its author. “Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement.
“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.”