With it looking more and more likely that Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games will be a huge success, the studio is already getting keen that the planned sequel happens as soon as possible. So while Hunger Games won’t hit theaters until March 23, they want the script for Catching Fire started well before then and Deadline reports they’re seeking Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours’ Simon Beaufoy to write it.
The original plan was to have Hunger Games director Gary Ross team up with author Suzanne Collins to write the sequel, since they wrote most of The Hunger Games’ script. However, a tight post-production schedule means Ross doesn’t have time to work on the Catching Fire script is there’s any hope of keeping to the schedules Lionsgate wants.
Apparently Beaufoy and Lionsgate have not entered into discussions yet, but the studio is reportedly very high on getting Simon Beaufoy. Back in August Lionsgate set a November 22, 2013 release date for Catching Fire, so the clock is already ticking.
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