Even though Catching Fire is still not done with the filming, Mockingjay Part 1 script is already done. Work is now beginning on Mockingjay Part 2 script.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Strong already had written the script for Mockingjay, Part 1 and had a deal to write the script for the second part. But it was always contingent on the studio liking and approving his draft for Part 1.
Now it’s all systems go for him to commence the new script.
Lionsgate is dividing the book into two parts, a la the finales for the Harry Potter and Twilight series
It’s unclear how the book is being split. The story kicks off after heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) escapes the fight-to-the-death Hunger Games and reluctantly agrees to lead the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the Capitol. She teams with close friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) to bring down the brutal rulers.
Francis Lawrence, who is shooting first sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is expected to direct the movie while Nina Jacobson produces via her Color Force banner.
Wonder if they will make changes to Mockingjay Part One after the script for Part two is done… I have always thought that the script will be written as a whole, and the point to cut it will be decided later. Guess not!
The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray are now available. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.
After the Deadline report on Gary Ross having not withdrawn from Catching Fire, there are news from The Hollywood Reporter saying that Gary Ross are in talks with Lionsgate on monday (Probably tuesday in Singapore time) . It is still not certain if he is going to direct Catching Fire. Hopefully the comfirmation will be out soon!
The article also mentions that as Jennifer Lawrence has to start her filming for X Men: First Class in January, the schedule seems to be rather tight with the script not done yet. The full report can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Personally, I hope that Gary Ross will be returning to direct Catching Fire as I felt that there were really a lot of foresadowing done in The Hunger Games. I would love to see how he match up the parts in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.
Shortly after we have posted news on Gary Ross possibly started working on ‘Catching Fire’ script with Simon Beaufoy and Suzanne Collins, E! Online had an interview with Josh Hutcherson where he revealed his hopes to start filming ‘Catching Fire’ next fall.
On ‘Catching Fire’:
“They want to wait and see how this comes out and does and how much fans like it, and then hopefully we’re going to start on the next one next fall,” Josh Hutcherson told us at the People’s Choice Awards in L.A.
On if he think ‘The Hunger Games’ will be bigger than ‘Twilight’:
“I don’t know,” he laughed. “Twilight is huge, man, and has a lot of fans. We’ll see… It’s an entirely different world and also we’re about surviving the games and family and loyalty.”
Leven Rambin, who will play District 1 Tribute, Glimmer, in ‘The Hunger Games’ movie also dishes on her thoughts regarding ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ comparisons.
“I was never really a Twilight fanatic so I don’t really know that firsthand, but I think people are really passionate about it,” Hunger Games’ Leven Rambin told us. “People keep reminding me it’s the most anticipated movie of the year. It’s so exciting for me.”
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.
Director Gary Ross On Filming ‘The Hunger Games’, Jennifer Lawrence And ‘Catching Fire’ Script With Simon Beaufoy And Suzanne Collins
Director Gary Ross had an interview with Los Angeles Times Hero Complex where he spoke about how he had pursued for the job as director for ‘The Hunger Games’, on Jennifer Lawrence’s talent for acting, as well as him working on ‘Catching Fire’ script.
On Jennifer Lawrence:
For a guy knee-deep in post-production on one of 2012’s most highly anticipated films, Gary Ross exudes an unnatural calm. It’s mid-December and despite the 1,200 visual effects shots that need to be completed in the next month, not only is the hyper-articulate director of “The Hunger Games” willing to show a journalist around his sprawling edit bay in Hollywood, but he’d also probably show off the whole unfinished movie if only the studio would allow.
Clues to Ross’ jovial-yet-serene disposition lay all around. His iPhone boasts a screen-saver picture from the set of the Lionsgate film — leading lady Jennifer Lawrence is wiping her nose on Ross’ sleeve while the two are standing in the middle of a North Carolina forest. Walk down the hall to editor Stephen Mirrione’s office and he quips how Lawrence “makes everyone’s life a lot easier.”
And then you see the footage. It’s a quiet scene between Lawrence and her fellow “tribute” Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson (“The Kids Are All Right”), the night before the annual “Hunger Games” fight-to-the-death begins. The two protagonists contemplate what lies before them as two of the 24 participants in the battle, and a look comes over Lawrence’s face that convincingly telegraphs her character’s understanding of her grim future.
“Every moment is like this,” says Ross, 55, almost jubilant in his adoration for Lawrence, 21, who plays Katniss Everdeen — the 16-year-old centerpiece to “The Hunger Games.” Strong and feisty, Katniss is forced to fight for her life as part of her futuristic country’s perverse entertainment spectacle that pits teenagers against each other. “She is so talented, it’s unbelievable.”
But Ross says he was willing to give up the assignment if he couldn’t persuade Lawrence to take the role.
“I don’t know how I ever could have done this movie without Jennifer,” he said. “I’m not sure I would have done it without her. She’s that important. More important than any other piece — including me. She’s Katniss Everdeen.”
On pursuing the director job for ‘The Hunger Games’:
Ross was introduced to the novel by his then 14-year-old twins and became fascinated by the story’s premise and the evolution of its main character — from stoic survivor to moral linchpin for an oppressed nation. He flew to London to meet with the film’s producer Nina Jacobson and aggressively pursued the job.
“I thought the idea that the way we amuse ourselves could devolve into this hideous spectacle was really fascinating,” Ross said. “Plus it has all the things I love in the movies: technical challenges, size, spectacle, amazing narrative drive. And it has a lot on its mind about where we are and where we may be headed as a culture.”
Ross worked closely with “Hunger Games” author Collins on the final draft of the script and then spent four months in the mountains of North Carolina filming the dystopian action movie from every angle he could. “We were hanging off trees, hiking up mountains, shooting in rivers,” he said.
We had also previously reported about Lionsgate pursuing Oscar winning scriptwriter, Simon Beaufoy, to write the script for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel, ‘Catching Fire’. We may just have our confirmation that Simon Beaufoy is indeed working on the script of ‘Catching Fire’ in Gary Ross’s interview with Los Angeles Times Hero Complex.
“The Hunger Games” doesn’t open until March 23, but Ross already has begun working with Collins and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) on the sequel based on Collins’ second novel in the series, “Catching Fire.” He seems simply thrilled to remain in the arena for the foreseeable future.
Head over to Los Angeles Times Hero Complex to read the full article.
There is currently no confirmation from Lionsgate regarding Simon Beaufoy is indeed working on ‘Catching Fire’ script with Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins. We will update you once we hear something new.
‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.