FRANCIS LAWRENCE SET TO DIRECT HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL

FRANCIS LAWRENCE SET TO DIRECT HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL

The odds are back in their favor.

Francis Lawrence, who helmed three of Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” movies, is returning to direct a feature adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” a prequel novel to Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy. Original producer Nina Jacobson is also returning, with her Color Force partner Brad Simpson, and Michael Arndt (“Catching Fire”) will adapt the screenplay from a treatment written by Collins, who will also serve as an executive producer.

Lionsgate — which produced Collins’ novels into four blockbuster films from 2012–2015, grossing $2.97 billion worldwide — announced the creative team for “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” on Tuesday.

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