Haymitch’s story will finally be told in new Hunger Games book and movie

Suzanne Collins is writing a new Hunger Games book — and congrats everybody, it’s the Haymitch prequel story many (myself included) have been clamoring for. And in a shock to nobody, it’s turning into a movie, too.

Everybody say thanks to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes star Rachel Zegler for manifesting this again in 2021.

Titled Dawn on the Reaping, Collins’ new book takes place 24 years earlier than the primary Hunger Games book — on the daybreak of the Second Quarter Quell. When you’re not tremendous plugged into the Hunger Games timeline, that’s the sport that Katniss and Peeta’s grumpy mentor Haymitch Abernathy (performed by Woody Harrelson in the flicks) gained, by outsmarting the Gamemakers.

A new Hunger Games book proper after the field workplace success of Hunger Games prequel movie would possibly seem to be a money seize, however as longtime Hunger Games movie producer Nina Jacobson told Polygon final 12 months, Collins is selective about when she returns to this world.

“Suzanne, the originator and North Star of everything that we try to do with these books, she doesn’t write just to make money,” Jacobson mentioned. “She writes when she has something to say.”

And boy, does Collins have one thing to say this time!

With Sunrise on the Reaping, I was inspired by David Hume’s idea of implicit submission and, in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few,’” Collins mentioned in a press launch from Scholastic. “The story also lent itself to a deeper dive into the use of propaganda and the power of those who control the narrative. The question ‘Real or not real?’ seems more pressing to me every day.”

Jacobson promised that the one manner she would make one other Hunger Games movie is that if Collins delivered new supply materials — and she is standing by her phrase. On the heels of the novel announcement, Lionsgate introduced that it was already in the works on a movie model of Dawn on the Reaping. Francis Lawrence, who directed a number of Hunger Games movies together with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is in talks to direct. Haymitch’s backstory was minimize from the principle Hunger Games movies in order to streamline them, so this could be an ideal likelihood to finally showcase the entire story.

Dawn on the Reaping arrives to bookstores on March 18, 2025. The Hunger Games: Dawn on the Reaping will hit theaters on Nov. 20, 2026.

Replace: After publication of this text, Lionsgate introduced plans for a function adaptation. We’ve up to date the story to replicate each bulletins.

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