During CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Lionsgate announced that the film adaptation of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” is in production and will be released on November 17, 2023 (via Variety). The film, like the book, will follow a young version of Coriolanus Snow, the man who becomes the manipulative and brutal autocrat of Panem in the original “Hunger Games” trilogy. It will describe the early days of the Hunger Games competitions, which pit youngsters from each of Panem’s 12 districts against each other in a “Battle Royale”-style deathmatch.
The Lionsgate presentation apparently did not show any footage of the film being produced. However, he offered a cinematic reveal for the tagline, “The world will find out who is a songbird and who is a snake.”
Casting for the film has yet to be announced, but given that it takes place many years before the events of the original trilogy, it’s unlikely that any of the main cast members from those films will return. The early “Hunger Games” films starred Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow and Jennifer Lawrence as young hero Katniss Everdeen, raising Lawrence’s rising profile to superstardom. Josh Hutcherson was joined by Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Katniss’ other Hunger Games entrant, Liam Hemsworth as love interest Gale, and Woody Harrelson as Hunger Games trainer Haymitch.
For “Hunger Games” fans, the odds are once again in their favor.