Monday Movie Report: ‘Hunger Games’ prequel in the works at Lionsgate

The “Hunger Games” series may be returning to the big screen, with word of a prequel project hitting Hollywood.

According to Variety, Lionsgate is now working on a prequel “Hunger Games” picture, based on a fourth book in the series by writer Suzanne Collins. The previous three books by Collins went on to be adapted into four blockbuster flicks starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence.

The series, set in a dystopian future, follows teens and children who are selected to compete in a deadly contest as a sort of entertainment to maintain calm within the public, as the population has been split up into districts. Variety reports the new book by Collins, which hasn’t been named yet, takes place 64 years before where the first book/movie started.

In remarks about the prequel, Collins said the book will be about “the reconstruction period 10 years after the war… as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet,” Variety reports.

In total, “The Hunger Games” movies earned close to $3 billion. The last film to come out, “Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2,” had an opening weekend with $102.6 million in North America, and eventually ended theatrically with $653 million worldwide.

More recently at the box office, it was another franchise earning the top spot over the weekend. “Men in Black International,” the fourth film in the franchise, earned $28.5 million in its first weekend. “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” meanwhile, held steady with $23.8 million. One movie not fairing as well, though, was “Shaft,” reporting at $8.3 million, failing to break the top five.

The top five of the weekend was:
1. Men In Black International – $28,500,000
2. Secret Life of Pets 2 – $23,800,000
3. Aladdin – $16,712,000
4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix – $9,005,000
5. Rocketman – $8,800,000

For the upcoming weekend, three new flicks join the summer lineup with the animated sequel “Toy Story 4,” the horror remake “Child’s Play” and the action thriller “Anna.”

On the small screen, films this week include:

  • Us, my rating: 3.4 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.86 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%.
  • Wonder Park, my rating: 1.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.25 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 34%.
  • Hotel Mumbai, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 76%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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