New Hunger Games Project Officially Coming In 2024
The new Hunger Games play isn’t the first attempt to bring the franchise to the theatre crowd. In the mid-2010s, there were plans for a Hunger Games musical that would’ve involved building a revolving theater in Wembley Park. Sadly, that never came to fruition, so the world was deprived of what surely would’ve been a somber number when Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place as tribute.
A straightforward play might be the better way to go, and the message at the story’s heart still rings true. While “The Hunger Games” is set in a dystopian future, its themes of income inequality and using trauma as entertainment remain relevant. Playwright Conor McPherson released his own statement expressing that’s what drew him to the project: “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.”
Not much is known about the play at this point, but information regarding casting and where in London it’ll premiere will likely come in the near future. News of the “Hunger Games” play adaptation follows a recent trend of adapting popular film and television properties for the stage, such as a “Stranger Things” prequel play, which comes to the West End in London in November. With Hollywood always looking to mine famous IPs, it was only a matter of time before that mindset reached the theatre.