Catching Fire Now on a Tight Schedule

| April 12, 2012 | 7 Comments More

Catching Fire Fan Movie Poster Hunger Games

According to Variety Lionsgate has 19 months to get ‘Catching Fire‘ ready for theaters. To make this release date Lionsgate had planned to start shooting in the late summer with Fox filming the X-Men sequel starting in January 2013. Before Lionsgate can get started it has some key issue to go over:

• It needs to sign a director whose late-summer schedule is open and can immediately begin working with “Slumdog Millionaire” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who’s still crafting the “Fire” script.

• Though Lionsgate has the franchise’s lead actors (Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson) locked in for the sequels, the stunning perf of “Hunger Games” means the company may feel the need to sweeten their deals — even if it’s not contractually obligated to do so.

• Once a director is on board, he or she needs to cast about two dozen additional actors who were not in “The Hunger Games.” Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” story features a special edition of the Hunger Games every quarter-century in which tributes are “reaped” from the victors of past games. Among the key new characters is Finnick, a combatant in the second book who leads a revolt against the Capitol, and the head Gamemaker in the second book who turns out to be working stealthily for the uprising.

Hopefully Catching Fire is still on track and won’t have to face any delays, but we will just have to wait and see.

Do the new problems bother you at all? Share your concerns with us in the comments below!

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  1. jrbear says:

    I think they should just forget about the arbitrary Nov. 2013 release date and concentrate on doing it right and finding the right director. it will do great no matter when in the following year it gets released.

  2. Clove says:

    I’d rather have the movie starting on November 2014 and being wonderful and perfect, than on November 2013 and it’s crappy bc of all the stress they’ll get with their director problems .. it would be great to have brilliant quarter quell tributes, especially Finnic should be cast wisely !

  3. TheMaster says:

    Don’t rush, take your time. But I still think they could have it by November 2013.

  4. Amanda says:

    How old do they want the actors to be at the end of the 4th (but hopefully 3rd) movie? At the rate they are going, almost two years between movies, Jen will be almost 30 by the end of the fourth movie, 27 at the end of three. If they take even longer then they will all be in their 30′s by the end of the series. I’m sorry, I just think that is way too old to be playing 17-19 years olds (she says she is 17 in Mockingjay and Gale is two years older). Unless they take a cue from Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Carribean and film them concurrently, but if they can’t get one movie made and out in 19 months, forget trying to get two movies done at the same time. They just need to get their sh!t together, quit talking, start hiring and prepare for the shoot.

    • jrbear says:

      totally agree. i’d suggest, since they want to make 3 movies out of the 2 books anyway, that they save the Quell Games for the 3rd movie. so the next one would be the first 2/3rds of Catching. it would save a lot of time and money. then, film the last 2 movies concurrently as you say, in 2013. i don’t see Mockingjay being enough to make 2 movies from anyway.

  5. serious says:

    Best wishes to this movieee :D (y)

  6. Shea Scandrol says:

    The best thing to do is to slow down don’t put to much trouble on yourself because when you try to speed up the process mistakes will be made and if mistakes are made then it won’t be a good movie and wwhen its not a good movie lionsgate might lose money and will quit producing the hunger games movies. So cool it down and you’ll do good ( and don’t choose a tv director for a movie because that will make it look bad ).

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