WEEK IN WOMEN: Suzanne Collins’ HUNGER GAMES prequel at Lionsgate – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Novelist Suzanne Collins’ will release “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake” on May 19. It’s the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, and is being adapted into a feature film at Lionsgate

“Lionsgate has always been the cinematic home of The Hunger Games, and I’m delighted to be returning to them with this new book,” Collins said in a statement.

Set in the same universe as her Hunger Games, the new book will be adapted by director Francis Lawrence, screenwriter Michael Arndt and producer Nina Jacobson.

The same team partnered with the studio on previous film adaptations of Collins’ books — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — that took in nearly $3 billion in box office. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.