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