All odds favor him. President Snow is the notorious villain Hunger Games fans love to hate — and he’s about to get his own backstory movie.
“Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book,” author Suzanne CollinsSubmitted Entertainment Weekly In an April 2020 statement. “From the beginning, they have treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story, and assembling an incredible team both in front of and behind the camera.”
Collins, the creator of the hit Hunger Games franchise, penned a prequel book all about President Snow’s origins (played here by Donald SutherlandIn the OG movies The book is titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, was published in May 2020 and follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow as he prepares to be a first-time mentor in Panem’s 10th annual Hunger Games. Snow, a District 12 underdog Lucy Gray Baird, is looking for glory and money.
“It’s such a pleasure to be reuniting with [producer] Nina [Jacobson], [director] Francis [Lawrence]And [screenwriter] Michael [Arndt] to adapt the novel to the screen, and having them share their remarkable talents, once again, with the world of Panem,” Collins added in her 2020 statement. “I look forward to collaborating with them and all at Lionsgate as we bring The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to theaters worldwide.”
Although few details have been released about the adaptation, it will take place more than 60 centuries before the events of The Hunger Games. In the first flick, Sutherland’s Snow is the nation’s president and is presiding over the Games. The four-film series premiered in 2012, and was starred by Sutherland’s Snow. Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks(Effie Trinket). Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman).
“It’s funny ‘cause we actually spit-balled about [where the characters would end up] on set one day,” Hutcherson exclusively told Us Weekly in September 2020 when asked whether he would ever play the District 12 baker again. “We were sort of talking about, like … the Hunger Games and Peeta and Katniss [when they] are older and they have a kid and then the movie ends, but then what if we pick up the story and it’s, like, 10 years later and there’s a new rebellion that has to happen or something like that ended up.”
He added: “I’d like to hope and think that they are living happily and that the world is equal and lovely. But history is destined to repeat itself. So, I feel like there might be some more unrest that would come along.”
While the Bridge to Terabithia actor would happily reprise his role once more, he told Us At the time, he hadn’t received a call about a possible Ballad for Songbirds and Snakes cameo.
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