Suzanne Collins’s ‘The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping’ to Be Adapted into Major Movie Picture Set for 2026 Release
Lionsgate today announced the return to the world of Panem with the major motion picture adaptation of the next book in The Hunger Games franchise, Suzanne Collins’s highly anticipated Hunger Games novel Sunrise on the Reaping.

Franchise producer Nina Jacobson, alongside her producing partner Brad Simpson, will return to produce The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping under their Color Force banner. It will be the sixth outing for Color Force since bringing the franchise to Lionsgate in 2012. Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct the film; Lawrence has helmed four previous films in the Hunger Games franchise – every film since Catching Fire.

The film will be released in theaters in North America beginning on November 20, 2026.

The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping will revisit the world of Panem 24 years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell. One of the most eagerly awaited publishing events of the year, Sunrise on the Reaping will be published by Scholastic simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand on March 18, 2025.

In November 2023, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, was released in theaters and was a prequel to the Hunger Games films set 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem. With his livelihood threatened, Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zigler), a tribute from District 12. Clemensia is a student at the Academy in the Capital and one of Coriolanus’s close friends who also is selected to be a mentor for the 10th Hunger Games.


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