Author Suzanne Collins has confirmed she is working on a prequel novel The Hunger Games trilogy, set 64 years before the series.

The novel is to be released in May 2020, and may be turned into a film.

“The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity,” Collins told Vulture.

Speaking to The Guardian, Joe Drake, the chairman of Lionsgate films who produced the four Hunger Games movies, said, “As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published. We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”

The Hunger Games films made almost US$3bn at the box office.