Simon Beaufoy Set to Script 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

January 17, 2012
Source: The Wrap

Catching Fire / Simon Beaufoy

Just a couple more months lie between us and the theatrical release of the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games from director Gary Ross and starring Jennifer Lawrence, but Lionsgate is already moving full steam ahead to get the sequel off the ground. Towards the end of last year, Oscar nominated writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) was being courted to write the sequel Catching Fire, based on the second novel in Suzanne Collins' best-selling series, and now the news is official with The Wrap confirming the news along with director Gary Ross supervising the script again.

Simon Beaufoy is the Oscar winning English screenwriter behind Among Giants, The Full Monty, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, and also wrote the Salmon Fishing in the Yemen adaptation. It's great to have such high caliber writing talent on an expected blockbuster franchise like this, and I really hope the filmmakers come through for the fans so we can see the whole series play out on the big screen. Jennifer Lawrence, along with co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson are all expected to return for the sequel which has a November 22nd, 2013 release planned.

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  • Anonymous
    also helps gary ross is also a talented writer on top of being a good director
    Woot. Bring It.
  • Hunger This
    Have a feeling the Hunger Games will bomb just like the Golden Compass. Just my 2 cents. Ill eat my shorts if it doesn't break $30 mill in its first weekend. And Im being generous on that total.
    • peloquin
      What led you to this assumption?  The source material is great and transcends age boundaries along with some high caliber talent in front of and behind the camera.  The trailer looked fantastic and there's plenty of buzz surrounding the viral not to mention a very large pre-existing fan base.  Also, a sequel is already in the works which a studio would not green light unless they were confident in their product.  To me, the evidence shows that this is going to have one of the largest opening weekends ever not unlike Twilight or Harry Potter.




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