Shocking Twist in New ‘Hunger Games’ Book & Movie! Haymitch’s Untold Story Revealed!

The world of “Hunger Games” is expanding: Suzanne Collins has officially confirmed the release of a new book in the series, and a subsequent movie adaptation is also in the pipeline.

The upcoming novel, titled “Sunrise on the Reaping,” will serve as the fifth entry in the widely-loved dystopian saga. The publishing house Scholastic is slated to launch the book on March 18, 2025.

In the process of writing the novel, Collins drew inspiration from the works of David Hume, a renowned Scottish philosopher from the 18th century, particularly known for his skeptical outlook.

She explained that “Sunrise on the Reaping” was largely influenced by Hume’s concept of implicit submission and the ease with which the masses are ruled by a minority. Collins expressed in a statement that the story also explores the manipulation of propaganda and the potency of those who dictate the narrative, making the question ‘Real or not real?’ feel increasingly significant in today’s context.

Themes of propaganda have frequently appeared in the “Hunger Games” series, which initially revolved around the young protagonist Katniss Everdeen, who found herself at the forefront of a rebellion against the oppressive government of Panem, controlled by President Coriolanus Snow.

The narrative of “Sunrise on the Reaping” will unfold 24 years prior to the original series, starting on the day of the 50th Hunger Games, notoriously referred to as the Second Quarter Quell. This particular event, known for having twice the usual number of contestants, thrust Haymitch Abernathy, future mentor to Katniss, into prominence.

The book’s announcement was promptly followed by Lionsgate — the production company behind the franchise — disclosing that the movie adaptation of “Sunrise on the Reaping” is set to hit the silver screens on Nov. 20, 2026.

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While no casting details have been revealed yet, Lionsgate has indicated that director Francis Lawrence is potentially coming back to helm the franchise.

In the year 2020, Collins unveiled the prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” taking place 64 years before the original series. The movie version, featuring Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as a young Coriolanus Snow, premiered last November and has raked in over $300 million worldwide.

Fans, including Zegler who once tweeted a request for a trilogy focused on Haymitch Abernathy’s origins, have been eagerly anticipating a prequel centered around Haymitch.

On the day of the announcement, the actor humorously responded: “you’re welcome guys.”

As per Lionsgate, the “Hunger Games” movie series, which comprises five installments and features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, has collectively generated more than $3.3 billion at the global box office.

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