Hunger Games Prequel Movie Synopsis: Young Snow’s Political Rise

The prequel to
The Hunger Games franchise, titled 
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, will focus on young Coriolanus Snow’s political rise to power. The first film adaptation of the young adult novels by Suzanne Collins premiered in 2012 with three others to follow afterward. The books and films follow Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), a young woman in a dystopian future where 2 youths from each of 12 districts in the new America, named Panem, are chosen every year to compete in a battle to the death until there is a sole survivor. Katniss volunteers to compete in the Hunger Games in order to take the place of her sister.,The film adaptations of the 
Hunger Games franchise pulled in over $2.97 billion worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Lionsgate has sought to keep things going with a movie version of 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Collins’ prequel novel was released in 2020 and centers on a younger Coriolanus Snow, the man who will one day go on to be Panem’s villainous president. Development on the movie has been underway for a couple years now, and Lionsgate recently announced 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will arrive in theaters in November 2023.,Related: Hunger Games’ Best Prequel Was Revealed 11 Years Before Songbirds & Snakes,Today, along with the news that Tom Blyth has been cast as young Snow, Lionsgate has unveiled the official synopsis for 
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The new plot details, which follow along closely with Collins’ novel, preview Snow’s political rise and his relationship with Lucy Gray Baird. The synopsis reads as follows:,The director of the last three films in
The Hunger Games franchise, Francis Lawrence, will also helm the upcoming film. Michael Lesslie is adapting the script from the book, and Collins will be an executive producer. Blyth, who leads Epix’s Western series 
Billy the Kid, will have large shoes to fill as young Snow due to Donald Sutherland’s excellently disturbing performance in
The Hunger Games films as the president. As the synopsis hints, 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes won’t shy away from Snow’s darker nature, so Blyth could prove to be excellent casting.,With Collins on board to executive produce the film, and Lesslie, the writer of 2015’s critically acclaimed version of
Macbeth, adapting the novel for the screen, there is potential for a script with plenty of suspense, twists, and turns that fans of the
Hunger Games novels know and love. Having Lawrence directing
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hopefully will also give it a sense of continuity with the past films and the overall world that the franchise takes place in, despite the prequel taking place several years prior to the original books. It already sounds like 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes movie will hew fairly closely to the novel, so those who enjoyed the book will hopefully be pleased by the film adaptation. Viewers will have to judge for themselves whether the new prequel film can add even more depth to an already complex character when
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes premieres.,More: Hunger Games: Unanswered Questions The President Snow Prequel Movie Can Answer,Sources: Lionsgate