‘Hunger Games’ prequel ‘Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ to be released in November 2023
The teaser for the “Hunger Game” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” was unveiled at CinemaCon and premiered for the annual Theater Owners Show.
The clip did not show any footage from the film, which is currently in production, or reveal the film’s cast. Instead, the clip unfolded to striking shots of icy tree branches and eye-catching gold as the text scrolled by: “The world will find out who is a songbird and who is a snake,” reports Variety.
Lionsgate also announced that the film will hit theaters on November 17, 2023.
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” is set decades before the adventures of Katniss Everdeen and centers on the young Coriolanus Snow, who eventually becomes the tyrannical President of Panem.
In ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ he neither barks nor bites.
At the age of 18, Snow is chosen to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from impoverished District 12, in the 10th Hunger Games.
Suzanne Collins’ best-selling dystopian trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’ was first released in 2008 and later expanded into four films.
They collectively generated $3 billion at the worldwide box office and propelled Jennifer Lawrence to superstardom. Collins wrote a prequel novel, which was released in May 2020, about the beginnings of the “Hunger Games”.
Prior to the book’s publication, Lionsgate announced plans to turn the story into a feature film.
The original trilogy, set in post-apocalyptic Panem, begins as Katniss Everdeen volunteers as a tribute to take her younger sister’s place in the annual Hunger Games, a televised event in which teenagers are chosen by lottery to fight to the death.
Along with Lawrence, the films starred Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, and Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow.
Francis Lawrence, a “Hunger Games” veteran, returned to direct, with Michael Arndt returning to write the screenplay.
Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hosted the Lionsgate presentation, which also included footage from Maniscalco’s upcoming autobiographical comedy “About My Father,” the coming-of-age story “Are You There God?” It’s Me, Margaret,” Keanu Reeves’ action thriller “John Wick Chapter 4” and “The Expendables 4.”