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Next Installment in the Hunger Games Franchise Announced: 'The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping'

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024 11:16 AM

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The studio behind the movie adaptations of the "Hunger Games" books by Suzanne Collins has announced a new installment for release to movie theaters in 2026. The most recent movie, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, was released in November 2023 and spent seven weeks in the Top 10 Box Office reports.

Lionsgate will be returning to Panem with the motion picture adaptation of Collins' next novel, Sunrise on the Reaping, and is planning to release The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping to theaters in North America November 20, 2026. The story will revisit the world of Panem 24 years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell. 

Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct this new movie. He's ultimately qualified, as he directed all the Hunger Games movies (except the first). He's also known for directing Red Sparrow and I Am Legend.

The novel will be published by Scholastic in print, digital, and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on March 18, 2025. (Pre-order from Amazon)

“Suzanne Collins is a master storyteller and our creative north star,” said Fogelson. “We couldn’t be more fortunate than to be guided and trusted by a collaborator whose talent and imagination are so consistently brilliant. We know Hunger Games fans worldwide will be spellbound by where Suzanne has focused this next extraordinary story. The Second Quarter Quell is legendary and looms large over the history of the Games, even into the time of Katniss Everdeen a quarter-century later. Like fans around the globe, we are eagerly anticipating this exciting return to Panem.”

The movie's release is just under 900 days away, so there will be plenty of time to wait for this new story. To stay updated on information, news, and announcements related to this movie, be sure to add the movie to your Favorite Movies list!

If you want to revisit Panem for yourself, be sure to check out the movies in the franchise below:

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