Hungry for More 'Hunger Games?' Prequel in Progress
Ten years after finishing The Hunger Games book series, American writer Suzanne Collins is returning readers to Panem.
A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her best-selling trilogy, is expected next year.
The book, currently unnamed, is planned for release on May 19, 2020.
Collins said in a statement that she would go back to the years following the so-called "Dark Days" -- the failed rebellion in Panem. Collins set the Hunger Games books in a dark future world where young people must fight and kill each other -- on live television.
"With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival," she said. She said the rebuilding period that would follow the rebellion "provides fertile ground" for characters to explore these questions and "define their views of humanity."
The storyline takes place long before the lifetime of The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie series.
Ellie Berger is the president of Scholastic Trade Publishing. She praised Collins in a statement as a "master" at storytelling, world building and social commentary.
Berger said the company was "thrilled" to publish the book for loyal fans as well as readers new to the series.
Lionsgate released the four Hunger Games movies. In a recent statement to The Associated Press, Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, "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."
Lionsgate did not immediately answer when asked if an agreement for film rights had already been reached.
The first three Hunger Games books — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — have sold more than 100 million copies. The books have been published in more than 50 languages. The series has been credited with launching a wave of dystopian books for young people.
Collins thinks this is a good thing.
"Dystopian stories are places where you can play out the scenarios in your head — your anxieties — and see what might come of them," she said.
"And," she added, "hopefully, as a young person, with the possibilities of the future waiting for you, you're thinking about how to head these things off."
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.head off 组织；转移方向
He changed direction swiftly, turned into the hallway and headed her off.
2.play out 结束；用完
We both know how this is supposed to play out.
3.loyal fans 忠实粉丝
The true and loyal fans are becoming tired and I envisage a revolt.
4.takes place 发生
The action takes place on a steeply raked stage.
5.We've been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie."
look forward to 期待
He was looking forward to working with the new Prime Minister.
Motor traders are looking forward to a further increase in vehicle sales.
6.Collins said in a statement that she would go back to the years following the so-called "Dark Days".
go back to 返回；追溯
I now look forward to going back to work as soon as possible.
Let me just go back to the point I was making.
在《饥饿游戏》系列书籍完成10年后，美国作家苏珊·柯林斯（Suzanne Collins）将读者再次带回“帕纳姆国” 。
柯林斯在一次声明中表示，她将追溯到所谓的“黑暗时期”（帕纳姆国叛乱失败）后的那些时日 。柯林斯将《饥饿游戏》的故事背景设定在一个黑暗的未来世界，在这个世界里，年轻人必须在剧中互相厮杀 。
她说，“我想通过这本书探索人类的本真状态，我们是谁，以及我们感知到的事物是生存所需” 。她说，叛乱后的重建时期为人物探索这些问题和“定义他们的人性观”提供了“肥沃的土壤” 。
该书的故事情节发生在《饥饿游戏》女主角凯特尼斯·伊夫狄恩生活时期的很久之前 。女主角由詹妮弗·劳伦斯扮演，该同名系列电影揽获了十亿美元票房 。
埃莉·伯杰（Ellie Berger）是学术交易出版社的总裁 。她在一次声明中赞扬柯林斯是讲述故事、构建世界和社会评论方面的“大师” 。
狮门影业发行了《饥饿游戏》的四部电影 。在近期对美联社的一次声明中，狮门影业的董事长乔德·雷克表示，“作为《饥饿游戏》系列电影的得意之家，我们迫不及待地期待苏珊下部书的发行了 。在苏珊创作过程中，我们一直在与她沟通，并且希望继续在电影上与她紧密合作 。”
《饥饿游戏》前三部《饥饿游戏》、《星火燎原》、《嘲笑鸟》已经售出1亿多本 。系列书籍以被译为50多种语言出版 。该系列书籍被誉为掀起了一波面向年轻人的反乌托邦书籍浪潮 。