First published in 2008, The Hunger Games became a literary sensation the likes of which hadn't been seen since the Harry Potter novels ruled the bestseller lists. The first book in what would become a trilogy, it follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen as she competes in the Hunger Games, a televised battle royale which entertains the rich and affluent of a post-apocalyptic future.
The book and its two sequels became such a sensation that a film adaption was almost a foregone conclusion. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and released in 2012, the film was a box office smash that proved so popular they decided to split the final book, Mockingjay, into two movies.
And now with a new prequel novel released and a film adaption on the way, it would seem that final medium for The Hunger Games to conquer is the stage.
The Hunger Games stage adaption will arrive in London in late 2024.
It has been reported by Variety that a stage adaption of The Hunger Games is on the way. It will adapt the first book of the trilogy for the theater and it set to arrive in London sometime in the fall of 2024.
The stage version of The Hunger Games will be directed by Matthew Dunster and playwright Conor McPherson is handling the live theatrical production. The stage adaption has received the blessing of original series author Suzanne Collins who said in a statement:
"“I’m very excited to be collaborating with the amazing team of Conor McPherson and Matthew Dunster as they bring their dynamic and innovative interpretation of ‘The Hunger Games’ to the London stage.”- Suzanne Collins
For his part McPherson feels that the original source material is more relevant than ever to the times we live in.
"“She has created a classic story which continues to resonate now more than ever. In a world where the truth itself seems increasingly up for grabs, ‘The Hunger Games’ beautifully expresses values of resilience, self-reliance and independent moral inquiry for younger people especially. This is turbo charged storytelling of the highest order and I’m hugely excited to bring it to a new generation of theatre goers and to Suzanne Collins’ longstanding and devoted fans.”"- Conor McPherson
If the stage adaption proves to be a hit then you can likely expect adaptions of Catching Fire and Mockingjay to follow.