The Hunger Games is a proven franchise that racked up millions. Now fans will get to take a trip to a time before that first installment of the saga.
Lionsgate Film Boss Joe Drake has revealed that the Hunger Games prequel film, based on Susan Collins’ novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, is expected to begin production in the first half of the next year.
Drake made the announcement during the company’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts.
“The tentpole film is targeted for release in either late fiscal 2023 or early 2024, he said. It’s “moving along really, really well” in pre-production”.
Joe Drake responded to a question about the landscape for theatrical film releases, which is a hot topic for execs coping with the coronavirus variants and the new waves which bring uncertainty regarding distribution models.
Drake highlighted the power of “big brands” at the box office, which he said are “certainly working.” He didn’t mention any other studios’ movie releases, but pointed to in-house franchises like Hitman’s Bodyguard and Saw. He admitted that the latest incarnations of these films will turn a profit despite the operating environment.
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