The Hunger Games author confirms prequel novel and movie is in the works

The movie franchise didn't just make Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth household names, it was a box office winner, making more than $2.9 billion worldwide. 

And The Hunger Games fans around the world can now rejoice, after reports have confirmed that a prequel to both the book and the movie of the original is currently in development. 

Author of the novel and screenwriter, Suzanne Collins, revealed in a statement on Monday that the book, set 64 years before the original trilogy, will hit shelves next year on May 19, 2020. 

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It's back! It's a great day for fans of The Hunger Games, with author Suzanne Collins revealing on Monday that a prequel novel would be released on May 19, 2020, with a movie to follow

It's back! It's a great day for fans of The Hunger Games, with author Suzanne Collins revealing on Monday that a prequel novel would be released on May 19, 2020, with a movie to follow

'With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,' revealed Suzanne. 

'The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.' 

Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group also couldn't help but share his excitement about the upcoming blockbuster.  

Diving deep: 'With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,' revealed Suzanne

Diving deep: 'With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,' revealed Suzanne

Taking a back seat: With the novel set to take place on the morning of the 10th Hunger Games, 64 years before the first book, the original cast will not be in it (pictured 2015)

Taking a back seat: With the novel set to take place on the morning of the 10th Hunger Games, 64 years before the first book, the original cast will not be in it (pictured 2015) 

'As the proud home of the Hunger

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