New ‘Hunger Games’ Movie in Development Based on Suzanne Collins’ Upcoming Novel ‘Sunrise on the Reaping’

Suzanne Collins revealed that the fifth book in her dystopian series, titled “Sunrise on the Reaping,” will be released next year.

Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins revealed her upcoming novel ‘Sunrise on the Reaping.’

Hollywood studios in Los Angeles have announced plans to develop a new “Hunger Games” movie based on Suzanne Collins’ upcoming novel.

Collins revealed on Thursday that the fifth book in her dystopian series, titled “Sunrise on the Reaping,” will be released next year. Mere hours later, Adam Fogelson, chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, confirmed that the studio is set to adapt this novel for the big screen, aiming for a theatrical release on November 20, 2026.

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Francis Lawrence, who directed the previous four films in the franchise, is expected to return as director. The project will be produced under Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force banner.

The “Hunger Games” series, known for its exploration of themes like survival, oppression, rebellion, and the consequences of power, began with Collins’ first book “The Hunger Games,” followed by “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay.”

Lionsgate brought these novels to life with Jennifer Lawrence starring in “The Hunger Games” (2012) and its three sequels: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”

Set in the dystopian nation of Panem, the story features the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in various states of poverty. Annually, children from the first 12 districts are chosen via lottery to participate in a deadly televised event known as The Hunger Games.

In 2020, Suzanne Collins expanded the universe with a prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” which Lionsgate adapted into a film released in 2023, starring Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler.

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“Sunrise on the Reaping” will take readers back to Panem, set 24 years before the events of the original “Hunger Games,” during the reaping for the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.

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