The George R. R. Martin novel-sounding Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has an official release date.
The adaptation of the 2020 prequel novel will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who previously helmed the franchise's Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part One and Mockingjay Part Two. It is now slated to arrive in cinemas on November 17th, 2023.
The announcement came during the Lionsgate presentation at CinemaCon and was accompanied by a minute-long teaser. The synopsis for the film reads: "In this return to The Hunger Games, 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." Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years prior to the events of Hunger Games, and will explore not only Snow's origins, but also the early years of the Games.
The screenplay is written by Michael Arndt and Michael Lesslie. The film is still in pre-production, so no casting has yet been announced – now with a confirmed release date however, fans can expect more information to trickle in over the next few months.