'The Hunger Games' Prequel Officially in the Works

Lionsgate has announced 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes', a prequel to the Jennifer Lawrence-starring movie franchise adapted from Suzanne Collins' novel series.

AceShowbiz - Fans of "The Hunger Games" can look forward to more from the film franchise in the form of a prequel adapted from Suzanne Collins' upcoming novel.

Bosses at Lionsgate studio have announced the author's yet-to-be-released "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" will be adapted for the big screen by Francis Lawrence, who directed "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Parts 1 and 2 of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay".

The fifth film in the blockbuster series will be written by Catching Fire screenwriter Michael Arndt and Collins herself.

"Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I'm delighted to be returning to them with this new book," Collins, who will also take on the role of executive producer, said in a statement.

"From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera."

The original "The Hunger Games" film series starred Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson.

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