Movies.com has put together this fantastic article with everything you need to know about ‘Catching Fire‘. In case it’s been a while since you’ve read the book or you haven’t and just want to know more about what to expect pre-production, this article is a great synopsis. They also talk about how the material may be translated to the big screen, and which parts they are most looking forward to. Check out some of what they’re excited for below:
A New Home and Life
After you win the Hunger Games, you bunk down in Victor’s Village, a little community made up of 12 houses big enough to hold ten people. But, considering Haymitch, Peeta and Katniss are District 12’s only victors, only three houses are occupied. And even then, Katniss much prefers sneaking off to her old house in the Seam.
Another perk of being a Hunger Games victor is that you’re rich. Katniss even notes “she has buckets of money” and much more than she needs to sustain her family.
Plutarch Heavensbee: If you’ve seen The Hunger Games, you know it doesn’t end well for Seneca Crane, so President Snow is in need of a new Head Gamemaker and that’s where Plutarch Heavensbee comes in.
The New Careers: With Marvel, Glimmer, Cato and Clove long gone, District 1 and 2 must send in new tributes who, of course, are destined to form the infamous career pack. In the 75th Hunger Games that group is comprised of the brother-sister duo from District 1, Gloss and Cashmere, and Brutus of District 2, who’s particularly excited about the opportunity to kill in the arena and his co-tribute Enobaria, someone who I imagine to have a pretty wicked smile.
Beetee: When you come from the district responsible for Panem’s electronics, odds are you’re not much of a fighter. However, Beetee’s intelligence undoubtedly makes him a force to be reckoned with. With a knack for manipulating electricity, you’d better mind Beetee’s snares.
Finnick Odair: Talk about a juicy role for a hot young actor. Finnick isn’t only a strong fighter, but he’s “tall, athletic, with golden skin and bronze-color hair” as well as what Katniss calls “incredible eyes.” On top of being the ultimate eye candy, Finnick hails from District 4, so knows a thing or two about swimming, fishing and working with a trident.
Johanna Mason: As charming as Finnick is, is as off-putting as Johanna Mason can be. She’s brash, not inhibited in the least and always says what’s on her mind. She’s from District 7, the one responsible for exporting lumber, so her weapon of choice is an ax, making her quite deadly in the arena.
The Hawthorne Family: This time around, we spend a little more time in District 12 so, naturally, Catching Fire features more Gale than The Hunger Games and that means his family comes to the forefront as well. Gale’s passed his Hunger Games years and that means he works full time in the mines. While that brings in an income, it’s far from enough. His mother Hazelle does laundry to support Gale’s siblings, 12-year-old Rory, 10-year-old Vick and 4-year-old Posy. Thanks to her Hunger Games win, Katniss has more than enough money to sustain her family as well as Gale’s, but Gale “won’t take a single coin.” However, now that Gale’s in the mines all day, Hazelle accepts the game Katniss brings in during her now solo hunting expeditions.
Of course nobody wants any parts of a beloved book to be cut from a film adaptation, but as we saw in the film version of The Hunger Games, it’s necessary and sometimes beneficial. In the case of Catching Fire, I’d imagine one of the first elements to go will be Bonnie and Twill. While their inclusion is key to the transition into the third book, rumblings of the rebellion can be found elsewhere, making their meeting in the woods with Katniss somewhat expendable.
Ripper may be the most important person in Haymitch’s life, but the district booze supplier will very likely go unnamed in the Catching Fire movie, as will Leevy, a former neighbor of Katniss’ who lends a hand during a particularly trying time. There’s also quite a bit of talk about Maysilee Donner, Haymitch’s fellow tribute during his games, and while she does have a connection with a few Hunger Games characters that are already well-established, as far as Catching Fire goes, her influence might not be strong enough to warrant a mention.