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The Hunger Games prequel will follow a heroic young President Snow

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Hey, you guys still remember The Hunger Games? Based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling book trilogy, the four-film Jennifer Lawrence-led series earned a combined $2.970 billion worldwide between 2012 and 2015, with with the first three films breaking several box office records at the time. The films were nominated for and won several awards – including winning a Grammy for Best Song for Visual Media – and kickstarted a huge Hollywood rush of blockbuster adaptations of YA novels featuring teens in outlandish dystopian futures. And yet, it feels like the moment the credits rolled on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two in 2015, everybody promptly forgot about the series.

There was immediate talk from Lionsgate Pictures about revisiting the world of Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, but we heard little in terms of plans. Midway through last year though, the silence was finally broken with the announcement that Collins was penning a prequel novel which Lionsgate would adapt for the screen, but again we had no real details. Well, now we do and they’re kind of… unexpected.

According to a report from EW, Collins’ upcoming prequel novel will be titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is set 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games, and will tell the heroic backstory of… President Snow? Huh.

Played by Donald Sutherland in the films, President Coriolanus Snow was the vindictive, cruel, manipulate villain of the entire franchise. His malice is what kept the Hunger Games – those televised sporting events where children from poor districts fight to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy in Snow’s Capitol – going for so long. And now we’re going to have to learn that he was actually a nice guy back in the day. Or, more specifically as EW describes him, “a teenager born to privilege but searching for something more, a far cry from the man we know he will become. Here, he’s friendly. He’s charming. And, for now anyway, he’s a hero.” We even have some early artwork to show us what this young heroic Snow looks like.

Along with the artwork and logline, EW also boasts an exclusive 1000-word excerpt from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes which you can go read at the link to get your first taste of this new version of Snow. It’s an intriguing read because there’s already nothing actually heroic about the smug young Snow who ponders about how to make the brutal Games more exciting to viewers. Collins is definitely going to have her work cut out for her to somehow turn Snow into a relatable protagonist even though we know he becomes a dreadful antagonist later. I’ve read all the previous novels (actually binged them all on a three-week holiday) and though I felt they got progressively worse, I will probably pick up this prequel when it releases on 19 May, just to see how this plays out.

As for the feature film adaptation of the novel though, there are no details yet. Last we heard, franchise director Francis Lawrence had said that he would return to this world again if Collins produced more material. We’ll have to see if that will be the case still.

Last Updated: January 27, 2020


  1. So, you spend numerous books making someone the most hated individual in the world, and then you try and make him a hero in a prequel. I actually can’t process that! This makes for a recipe for disaster – or it can be amazing. The only other time I can really think of an approach like this in films is with Star Wars, but at least Vader redeems himself in the end somewhat, so you can relate to him during the prequel movies.Snow never redeemed himself as far as I am aware.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 27, 2020 at 12:07

      Yep, that’s exactly the problem I’m foreseeing. And Collins definitely hasn’t shown the type of masterful writing skills that gives me faith that she can pull this off.


    • Hammersteyn

      January 27, 2020 at 13:35

      It’s funny how the force works. Vader starts by slaughtering a dozen children and then countless more people and sometimes entire planets but all is fine because he tossed Palpatine(or a clone, who knows, thanks Disney) down a shaft.


      • D@rCF0g

        January 27, 2020 at 13:35

        Maybe Vader knew he was going to come back, so he just did that to curry favour with his son, knowing he didn’t technically betray Palps!


  2. Chris

    January 27, 2020 at 12:36

    How good was the first book tho!


    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 27, 2020 at 14:32

      It really was. Blazed through it in 3 days. The second had some good moments, but overall it was just okay. The third book was a freaking pain. Just chapter after chapter of “I love Peeta… no, I love Gale… no, wait I love Peeta again… or maybe I love Gale?…” OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I read most of book 3 while commuting back from Europe and it soured all my memories of that stage of my holiday.


      • Chris

        January 27, 2020 at 16:50

        The first book was a real game changer for me, but its almost the same as the maze runner series. The first book really had me hooked, book 2 was decent but then they moved into the city in book 3 and completely lost the plot for me.


  3. Original Heretic

    January 27, 2020 at 13:17

    Does he know nothing?


  4. Kromas

    January 27, 2020 at 11:43

    Not interested at all.


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