The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is an upcoming American dystopian film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on The Hunger Games prequel of the same name and fifth installment in the The Hunger Games film series.
- "As the proud home of the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie."
- ―Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
On April 21, 2020, the film release was announced being officially in development. The film is slated to be directed by Francis Lawrence, director of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Nina Jacobson returns as a producer for the film alongside author Suzanne Collins. The film's writer is Michael Arndt, one of two writers of Catching Fire. Regarding the announcement, chairman Joe Drake stated "Suzanne’s new book has been worth the wait. It offers everything fans could hope for and expect from The Hunger Games while also breaking new ground and introducing an entirely new canvas of characters. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up amazing cinematic possibilities. We’re thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can’t wait to begin production."
In an exclusive interview with Discussing Film released on July 25, 2020, director Francis Lawrence reported that the script for the film was "progressing really well." He stated that after reading the story, he loved what it's about and how relevant it is.
- Lionsgate Planning ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Movie. Variety (June 17, 2019).
- Kandil, Yasmine (July 24, 2020). Francis Lawrence on the 15th Anniversary of ‘Constantine’ & ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ – Exclusive Interview. Discussing Film. Retrieved on July 26, 2020.