The Wrap reports:
Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise is moving full steam ahead. While the first film in the planned trilogy won’t hit theaters until March 23, work has already begun on its sequel, TheWrap has confirmed.
Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”) is writing the script for “Catching Fire.” Gary Ross, who directed “Hunger Games,” will also direct the sequel and is supervising the writing of the script.
Both Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours were, in my opinion, superbly crafted films, and it’s wonderful news to hear that such a talented writer is tackling the script for the first of The Hunger Games sequels. With Gary Ross directing and supervising the script, and Josh Hutcherson already confirmed to be on board for Catching Fire, things are looking good for the franchise and it’s not even March yet!