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After showing thrilling new footage from fourth entries in “John Wick” and “The Expendables,” Lionsgate closed its CinemaCon panel on Thursday with the announcement of a fifth “The Hunger Games” movie.
The news came in the final moments of the studio’s presentation to theater owners and reporters, via a one-minute trailer. The sleek visual featured planes of ice melting on tree branches as two golden creatures were revealed. “In 2023,” said one scroll of text, “the world will find out who is a songbird and who is a snake.”
The music video ended with the film’s title, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”, along with a release date of November 17, 2023.
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Here’s everything we know so far about the latest film in the franchise:
“The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” is based on the book by Suzanne Collins
Between 2008 and 2010, author Suzanne Collins published three books in her hugely popular “Hunger Games” trilogy: “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”. The young adult series was set in the dystopian society known as Panem, where each year children from all 12 districts were randomly chosen to fight to the death, battle royale style.
The books and their subsequent film adaptations followed teenage Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), a gifted archer from a mining district who competed in the games and ended up leading a rebellion against the oppressor President Snow (Donald Sutherland ).
Like its predecessors, “Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” is also based on a novel, which Collins released in 2020. Lionsgate, which also produced the other “Hunger Games” films, announced that a film is in the works. last year.
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The prequel is about a young President Snow
The more than 500 “Songbirds” pages center on Coriolanus Snow, then 18, who was chosen as a student mentor for a District 12 tribute to the annual Hunger Games. The book showcases a softer side of the ambitious dictator for a day, while delving into the origins of the games themselves.
The novel also introduces families and symbols familiar to “Hunger Games” fans – from the Flickermans to the Mockingjay bird – and explains where the moving “Hanging Tree” (sung by Katniss) originated.
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Production on “Songbirds” has already begun, according to Variety, though Lionsgate has yet to reveal who will play Snow and other key characters in the hit film.
As for Lawrence, she’s unlikely to reprise her starring role in the prequel, given that the story takes place more than 60 years before the events of the original “Hunger Games.”
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Contributor: Carly Mallenbaum