The story of Panem isn’t over after all.
Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins announced this week that she was writing a prequel to her best-selling trilogy, with a potential movie adaptation also on the way.
The book, currently untitled, will be released in May 2020 and will be set in the world of Panem 64 years before the events of the series begins. It will focus on the time after the so-called “Dark Days,” a failed rebellion.
“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins said in a statement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days—as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet—provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
The Hunger Games books, which focus on a world where teenagers must fight to the death as a form of entertainment, were adapted into a globally successful big-screen franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen. The four films have made almost $3 billion at the box office, and Lionsgate has expressed interest in extending the franchise as well.
The original books were all New York Times bestsellers upon release, selling more than 65 million copies in the US alone and translated into 51 languages for 56 territories. Since then, Collins has released an autobiographical picture book called Year of the Jungle.