Lionsgate revealed today at the conclusion of their CinemaCon presentation that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games, would finally hit cinemas on November 17, 2023.
That date coincides with the release of The Hunger Games sequels Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part One, and Mockingjay Part Two in the pre-Thanksgiving corridor.
As previously revealed, Francis Lawrence is returning to the director’s chair of the film. Along with Lawrence, franchise producer Nina Jacobson, and her co-producer, Brad Simpson also make a comeback. Suzanne Collins penned the screenplay of The Hunger Games, which is based on her best-selling self-titled book; Michael Arndt is the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine and one of the authors of Catching Fire; and Michael Lesslie are also on board as writers.
Tim Palen and Collins are executive producers.
The prequel to the $3 billion franchise is set years before the events of the original films. We meet Coriolanus Snow as an 18-year-old, on his way to becoming the dictatorial President of Panem. When the young Snow is selected to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute from poor District 12, he sees an opportunity to alter his fates.
Trolls World 3 from DreamWorks Animation is now scheduled for release on Nov. 17 next year, as is If from Paramount, directed by John Krasinski.