It was recently announced that Hunger Games 4 is in the works, and it will be released in 2020. The official release date of the book, written by Suzanne Collins and titled, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” is May 19, 2020.
The fourth book will be a prequel to the first book in the series. The novel is set 64 years before The Hunger Games events, illustrating a story of the so-called “Dark Days,” which led to the failed Panem rebellion. Collins noted that the book would examine the ten years following the war when Panem residents struggled to recover and move forward with their new reality.
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Critics are already attacking Collins due to several recent leaks, most notably that Katniss would be killed off at the end of the book. “It doesn’t make sense… on two fronts,” said Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, a vocal critic of the Hunger Games series. “First, if this takes place 64 years before the first Hunger Games book, how is Katniss even alive? Second, how in the world can you kill her off when she is alive in the first book, which as I said, takes place 64 years later? The whole premise is just nonsense.”
Another interesting leak is that Suzanne Collins, ironically, was the person responsible for the leak. “I was so excited, I just really wanted people to know,” she explained. “Sure, some people might view it as a spoiler, but I always like to start books from the last chapter. I know, it may sound odd. But hey, you don’t see people criticizing Quentin Tarantino for his unique style of work.”
Around the same time of the leak, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group announced that they will be releasing a movie version of Hunger Games 4 in the future (the release date was undisclosed).
The announcement didn’t come without controversy, though, as journalists pried for feedback on how close the movie would resemble the book. It turns out that the movie will be taking a much different direction.
“After much back-and-forth, we decided we aren’t going to kill off Katniss in the film,” said Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “That would impact revenue for our company, because we would like to keep churning these films out as long as Collins keeps writing them.”
Another note-worthy difference between the movie and book is that the movie will take place 64 years in the future – unlike the novel, which takes place 64 years in the past.
TrollWire’s Harriet Faulkner confronted Drake on his initial remarks. “So are you saying the decision is financially-motivated,” she asked.
“Well… yes, we have an obligation to our shareholders,” Drake responded. “But, of course, we like to produce good movies, too. All in all, we think it was poor decision-making on Collins’ part by killing off Katniss and setting the story so far in the past.”
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