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“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” New Movie Thoughts

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Movie concerns (The Hunger Games Prequel)

2012 brought us the first installment of The Hunger Games 4 movie series. The fanbase of the books met with the followers of the well-known cast contributed to the movie being an instant success. The Hunger Games was also able to piggy back off of the success of the Twilight series and The Harry Potter franchise, grabbing hold of a similar target demographic. All in all it seemed like the films began coming out at a perfect time and allowed for other factors to flow. 

Which brings us to the anticipated adaptation of the prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

It has been rumored that the goal for this movie is to film it in 2022 and have it ready for release in 2023 or 2024. The final installment of the original series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, released in November 2015. With a decade of time passing since the release of the first film, there is always the concern that it has been too many years to come out with a new movie. However, the Harry Potter franchise has been capable of successfully branching out with the Fantastic Beasts series. 

Without getting into spoilers, the book itself is longer than any of the books in the original trilogy. Due to the runtime of the films, many details from the books were scrapped when the movies were made. I would be lying if I said I was not worried about the adaptation of a longer novel. Dealing with such a complex character like Snow, the vast majority of the plot points in the book were necessary in connecting one phase in his life to another. It would be a shame to see such a cleverly created backstory cut to a montage due to time restrictions. Adapting the novel into a limited series rather than a movie, it would allow for the inclusion of more details that made the book so special.

The premise of the series in dark on its own. Setting a story in a dystopian world where innocent children are forced to fight to the death in horrifying ways is already pushing it. However, this book definitely felt more mature and the details were heavy. The mental image the words on a page put into your head when reading was a lot to handle already. Sitting in a theater and watching it play out on a screen is a whole new level. If they keep all of the graphic details, it may not be allowed to be rated PG-13 like the other movies. 

The idea of returning to Panem is exciting. Despite my concerns, I have the highest hopes for the upcoming movie— especially since Francis Lawrence is supposed to be directing it. One of the greatest things about the original films was the phenomenal casting choices. I am excited to see the stars they will cast for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. 

Have you read the newest installment of The Hunger Games? What were your thoughts on the story? Are you going to tune in to the movie when it is released? 

Let me know in the comments below!

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