Hunger Games movie producer Nina Jacobson has spoken about how the upcoming President Snow prequel will explore the evolution of Panem and its future leader.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at New York Comic Con, the creative professionals behind the Hunger Games explained how the prequel movie will differ from the franchise’s other big-screen adaptations. Jacobson noted, this time, the games will be viewed from an entirely new perspective in a completely different time period, which is “considerably less glitzy.”
“Well it is very early on, they do take place in very different times,” Jacobson said. “This is the 10th Hunger Games as opposed to Catching Fire’s 75th… I think that the Hunger Games are considerably less glitzy than they ultimately become. So I think there’s a lot of fun in that and seeing what they used to be and that that will be interesting.
“And I think that seeing a Capitol character with a point of view that takes you through a good part of the story is something we’ve never really done. We’ve had great Capitol characters, but we’ve only really ever seen them through the eyes our district protagonist, we’ve never really seen the world through the eyes of a Capitol character – especially Snow.”
David Levithan, publisher and editor of the Hunger Games books, referred to the evolution of Snow as “interesting,” though he admitted that, for him, the “more interesting part was seeing the evolution of Panem.” In this earlier time period, the Hunger Games were much more “rudimentary” and centered around a completely different District 12 tribute.
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“I’ve very excited about introducing Lucy,” Jacobson said. “Lucy is a character who is much more aware of the power of her femininity. Katniss is much more quiet, a woman of few words. Lucy as a performer is a very different kind of character… Lucy is more mysterious because she is an entertainer. She is playing, in her own way, to the crowd.”
Lionsgate announced earlier this year that it was developing a feature film version of Suzanne Collins’s prequel novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Francis Lawrence, who helmed Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1, and Mockingjay Part 2, is attached to direct the next picture from a screenplay by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.