Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in "The Hunger Games"
photo: Lionsgate

The Jonas Brothers have reunited, Robert Pattinson will star in the new Batman franchise, and now The Hunger Games is getting another installment... is it 2010 again? 

It's been four years since the release of the final movie in the Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay Part 2. Fans have had to get by with little more than a makeup line inspired by the series since. 

Suzanne Collins released the first Hunger Games novel in 2008, and young-adult dystopian fiction fans went wild. The series went on to make millions and was adapted into a four-film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Now a prequel to the beloved book series is set to release in May 2020, and the fandom has resurfaced. 

The new book is set 64 years earlier than Katniss and Peeta's Hunger Games. 

The book is set to publish through Scholastic on May 19, 2020. Suzanne Collins told the publishing company, "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. 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."

Little was revealed about the Hunger Games universe prior to Katniss, Peeta, and Gale's story, so this will give fans insight that they may have missed upon first reading the series. 

Apparently, Lionsgate is already interested in a movie adaptation. 

Deadline reported that the production company was already in communication with the author ahead of the book's release about potential for a film adaptation. 

"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," chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Joe Drake, told the outlet. 

Fans found the quick news of a potential film hilarious and shared memes like this one. One person on Twitter wrote, "lionsgate executives entering at Suzanne Collins house to check out if the hunger games prequel book is ready so they can start the production for the movie adaption:"

After some calculations, one fan determined that the prequel could be about one existing character in the series. 

Fans of the books and movies will remember Mags from Catching Fire. She was the 80-year-old victor from District Four that volunteered for Annie Cresta, Finnick Odair's (Sam Claflin) love interest and future wife. One fan realized that the prequel is set during the Hunger Games tournament that Mags won. 

"Wanna know who won the Hunger Games 64 years before the trilogy? Mags. It’s a Mags book," the fan posted to Twitter. 

Another more sinister character that existed during this time frame is President Snow. 

Upon hearing the news of the prequel, Hunger Games fans came back to the internet's surface. 

It's been years since any updates on our favorite dystopian future fiction series. The series sparked a revolution for young-adult fiction novels and pop culture. After The Hunger Games came stories like the Divergent series. This upcoming release is about to bring up a slew of fans that haven't been seen or heard from in years, "'Suzanne Collins set to release a prequel to The Hunger Games 64 years before Katniss’ story,'" this tweet of a Hunger Games x SpongeBob meme reads. 

It's been years, but this fandom hasn't outgrown the series one bit.

One person backtracks pretty quickly after realizing a new THG novel is on the way. This Britney Spears meme sums it up pretty perfectly with the caption, "i grew out of distopian teeny books long ago... suzanne collins announces hunger games prequel."

The book is untitled so far, but it is centered around the structure of Panem as opposed to another tournament-centric novel. As Collins stated, the book will be about the country's reconstruction 10 years after the civil war that almost destroyed Panem. 

The Hunger Games fandom is strong, so Collins better prepare plenty of copies. 

The author earned millions after writing The Hunger Games book trilogy and cowriting the subsequent screenplay for the 2012 film. She also wrote The Underland Chronicles, a series of five fantasy novels that tells the story of a teenage boy discovering an underground world beneath New York City. 

This above clip from the Mockingjay movie shows hordes of District citizens heading to tear down Capital structures and is a similar comparison to what it will be like when the book is released in stores. One fan posted the video, with Jennifer Lawrence's song from the movie "The Hanging Tree" playing in the background: "...hunger games stans on their way to buy the new prequel book." 

With all of the throwback content being produced, it feels like we are in a time warp. 

Are we in middle school or is the year 2019 just feeling super nostalgic? One person on Twitter noticed the trend, and wrote, "A new Hunger Games book. Jonas Brothers are back. What year is this?"

The early and mid-aughts were an easier time, so I'm not complaining. Let's reboot Harry Potter, Twilight, and Maze Runner while we're at it. And we never got a wrap-up to the Divergent series...