We all remember the chokehold that 'The Hunger Games' trilogy had on us from back in 2012 — and it wasn't all down to Liam Hemsworth.
It was a cultural cornerstone that steeped us in messy Katniss-inspired plaits and Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat'. It was the biggest thing since Twilight for people who love to boast about reading books before watching films.
So, since Lionsgate announced that they're making a prequel for the film series, our ears have been pricked up. At CinemaCon on Thursday night, viewers were treated to a clip that quoted "The world will discover… who is a songbird… and who is a snake".
Okay, so that doesn't reveal much about the film, but we do know what the gist of the story will be. It's going to be based on a novel published in 202 by the original author Suzanne Collins.
The film titled 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' is set way before Katniss Everdeen's time when Coriolanus Snow, the evil president of Panem as we know it, was just a boy.
To get a sense of just how far back the film is going for the prequel, Variety notes that Katniss' first hunger games was the 74th of its kind, while the latest film will start at the 10th.
The film will be directed by Francis Lawrence who brought us 'Catching Fire' and the screenplay will be written by Michael Arndt. While there was no major reveal at CinemaCon, we're waiting to find out who the cast is going to be, because they have a lot to live up to in this franchise.
Keep your eyes peeled for news around 'The ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' which is set to release on the 17th of November 2023.