Lionsgate motion picture group chairman Joe Drake has confirmed that the prequel to their “The Hunger Games” franchise is aiming to start production in the first half of 2022.
Speaking as a part of the company’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Drake says the tentpole film is targeting a release in either late 2023 or early 2024 and is “moving along really, really well” in pre-production.
The feature is expected to be based on Susan Collins’ novel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”. Francis Lawrence will return to direct while Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce. Collins will write the film’s treatment and Michael Arndt.
The story will focus on a young 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games and is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.