With director Gary Ross moving onto greener pastures, Lionsgate snatched up Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) to helm next year’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. In addition to a new director, the studio has just called for a new script as well.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar award winner Michael Arndt, has been hired on to rewrite the script originally written by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy. Arndt is known for horrifying children and bringing adults to tears with Pixar’s Toy Story 3.
With Catching Fire being set for a theatrical release sometime in November of 2013, Arndt has plenty of work to get done in a very short amount of time. What are the odds that there will be at least one scene with a slow moving conveyor belt in front of a giant furnace?
In my opinion, Lionsgate is rushing the filming of Catching Fire. They have a decent director and snazzy writer at their disposal, yes, but churning out a quality film in such brief period of time seems an impossible task. It’s too big a gamble on too big a franchise.
Here’s a quick synopsis on Catching Fire:
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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.