It’s getting more difficult to find news of any new movies these days, as in, original IPs. There is news though, that the Hunger Games prequel is moving forward.
The first of the Hunger Games movies was OK. It was a watered-down Battle Royale. The others just dragged the series forward and I couldn’t tell you a thing about any of them now, even though I have seen them all.
Instead of carrying on the franchise to show what happened after the fall of the President, Hollywood is going backward and making a prequel. This will be based on the book The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. It is set 64 years before the original Hunger Games and is based around the life of young Coriolanus Snow.
Snow became the tyrannical president in the dystopian nation of Panem. He was played by Donald Sutherland in the original movies. The younger Snow will be played by Tom Blyth, who is currently starring in the adventure series Billy the Kid.
Francis Lawrence will be directing the new prequel, since he has directed three of the original Hunger Games movies. Talking about the new prequel, he said:
“Coriolanus Snow is many things — a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core. Tom’s take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become.”
The official synopsis for the entire movie reads:
“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol.
With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor.
Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”
A real cliffhanger of an ending there. I wonder who will be the bad guy at the end? I’m going to have a stab and say the white male is the bad guy and the strong independent woman is the hero?
I’m sure there are a bunch of die-hard Hunger Games fans out there peeing in their diapers at this news. For anyone with an IQ over room temperature, we’ll have to wait for something more original.