New Hunger Games Movie Announced: A Return to the World of Panem

The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping” Set to Hit Theaters in 2026, Based on Suzanne Collins’ Latest Novel

Lionsgate has revealed plans for a new addition to the Hunger Games film series, titled “The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping,” inspired by Suzanne Collins’ newly announced novel.

On Thursday, Adam Fogelson, chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, shared that Francis Lawrence is in discussions to direct the adaptation under the Color Force banner, managed by producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Lawrence, alongside screenwriter Michael Arndt and producer Jacobson, previously collaborated with Lionsgate on the first four adaptations of Collins’ books—The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay—which collectively grossed $3.3 billion at the box office.

Collins and her publisher, Scholastic, announced the release of the fifth book in the series, which will be available in print, digital, and audio formats in North America and other English-speaking regions on March 18, 2025.

Although casting details are yet to be disclosed, Lionsgate has slated the wide theatrical release of “The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping” for November 20, 2026.

Set in the same universe, “Sunrise on the Reaping” takes audiences back to Panem, 24 years before the original Hunger Games, focusing on the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell.

“The Second Quarter Quell is legendary and looms large over the history of the Games, even into the time of Katniss Everdeen a quarter-century later. Like fans around the globe, we are eagerly anticipating this exciting return to Panem,” said Fogelson in his statement, hinting at the next chapter in the franchise.

The 50th Hunger Games are significant as they mark the victory of Haymitch Abernathy, the only winner from District 12 before Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark’s shared victory 24 years later. Haymitch, who became a mentor to tributes from his district, was portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the original films.

“The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping” will follow the release of “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” marking the sixth Hunger Games film from Color Force in collaboration with Lionsgate.

Lionsgate’s journey with the Hunger Games franchise began in 2012 with the release of the first film, which starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The original adaptation saw Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), fighting for survival in the Capitol.

The Hunger Games series, depicting a dystopian future America, also starred Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks. Lawrence has directed all films since Catching Fire.

The franchise’s success helped popularize YA post-apocalyptic fiction in Hollywood, paving the way for series like The Maze Runner and Divergent. Lionsgate has also expanded the franchise into theme parks, experiences, and live events, including The World of the Hunger Games at Motiongate Dubai and a major stage production debuting in London.

“From the beginning, Lionsgate has been a wonderful home and partner for the Hunger Games franchise, and I’m very excited to be collaborating with Adam and the team as we bring this next story to theaters in 2026,” Collins said in her statement.

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