The Hunger Games franchise had fizzled out back in 2015 with the release of Mockingjay: Part 2, but just like Harry Potter, it looks like the series is coming back in the form of a prequel.
According to US News, writer Suzanne Collins' next book still has no title, but it will be set 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games book. Collins describes the book:
"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 10 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."
With Katniss joining the Hunger Games during the 74th anniversary, it's likely that this book will explore how the world of Panem came to the formation of the games, maybe even the formation of the different districts.
For now, it looks like only one book is set to come out, and I think that's all it takes to give us an elaborate backstory of the world. I don't really need a full trilogy to explain what happened to Panem decades before Katniss took the spotlight. I just hope when the inevitable movie adaptation comes out, they don't split the story into three films like they did with The Hobbit.
The untitled Hunger Games prequel novel is set to come out on May 19, 2020.