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Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has a release date.
The next chapter in the billion-dollar franchise, directed by Francis Lawrence, who previously helmed the franchise’s Catching Fire, Mockingjay — Part 1 and Mockingjay — Part 2, is slated to arrive in theaters Nov. 17, 2023.
The announcement came — along with a brief teaser — during the Lionsgate presentation at CinemaCon. “You’re invited to return to the Games,” reads the screen as ice thaws in the background of a wintry scene, revealing a bird and a snake. “In 2023, the world will discover who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”
The newest installment will be produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Lawrence.
The novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, released in 2020, is a spinoff and a prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy.
The Lionsgate synopsis for the film reads, “Years before he would become the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow sees a chance for a change in fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.”
Writers for the film include creator Suzanne Collins, along with Michael Arndt and Michael Lesslie.
The Hunger Games is among the highest-grossing film franchises of all time, having earned nearly $3 billion worldwide.
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