Simon Beaufoy, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire is working on the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire script to adapt the book into a screenplay. Lionsgate has also secured Hunger Games director Gary Ross to come back and do the sequel and to supervise the writing of the script as well.
As you know, Catching Fire is the sequel to one of the most anticipated movie this year, The Hunger Games and studio fulfill their desires, back in November to hire the British scribe for this project.
The first film was scripted by Ross in collaboration with the bestselling young-adult novels author Suzanne Collins plus Billy Ray (State of Play) and the initial plan was for them to come up with an idea for the second film, but post-production schedule on The Hunger Games has made that difficult.
A release date of November 22nd, 2013 was announced in August, but it still isn’t known when production may begin.
What is predictive is that once The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd, they will move forward with Catching Fire follow-up.
It remains to be seen if Ross and Beaufoy will capture details of the internal drama within sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (to be played by Jennifer Lawrence) as she begins to navigate the worlds of politics, love, and responsibility while trying to keep alive. That’s also for the reason Catching Fire, the first of two sequels, develops Katniss’ world so much that it needs someone to give a cinematic bent to telling the story on the big screen.
Not to mention that Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson are expected to return since they all were likely to sign multi-picture deals.
The Hunger Games – Official Trailer