Lionsgate Pursuing Oscar Winner Simon Beaufoy To Script ‘Catching Fire’?
Deadline has broke out with an exclusive stating Lionsgate is very interested in getting Oscar winning scriptwriter, Simon Beaufoy, to write the script for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel, ‘Catching Fire’.
The mini-major is courting Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy to write Catching Fire, the second installment of the three book series that tracks the life and death adventures of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). I’m told that Gary Ross, who directed The Hunger Games, is coming back for the sequel. He originally intended to write the outline for the second film and script it with author Suzanne Collins (they teamed to do a lot of writing on the first film), but the post production schedule on The Hunger Games has made that difficult. The film opens March 23. There is no start date on the sequel, but it is high priority. Ross and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik then focused on Beaufoy. Negotiations haven’t begun yet, but Lionsgate is pushing hard for Beaufoy. Aside from Slumdog Millionaire, Beaufoy also scripted 127 Hours, The Full Monty and most recently adapted Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
Do remember that Lionsgate has not confirmed this and currently nothing is confirmed unless a contract is signed.
I don’t know what you think about this but it seems Lionsgate is might be starting the process of having ‘Catching Fire’ in pre-production. Currently, I like Gary Ross has done with ‘The Hunger Games’ movie so far. He seemed like a huge fan boy of it and he works well together with Suzanne Collins it seems. I’m not sure where Suzanne Collins will come in if Simon Beaufoy is writing the script. Perhaps they will be discussing together? No matter what, at least with an award winning scriptwriter, it will looks good on the paper. Lionsgate, I’m still betting on you so don’t disappoint me.