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The Odds Are In Our Favor, The Hunger Games Movie Sequel Is Already In Motion

Fans pretty much flipped out when the trailer was released for Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and the cool thing was, so did people who’d never heard of the book series. That was apparently all Lionsgate needed to hear. They are already in the planning stages for the sequel, Catching Fire, and even have a specific screenwriter they’re hunting down. Who is it? Hint: S/he’s an Academy Award winner.

Lionsgate is courting Simon Beaufoy, the man who wrote Slumdog Millionaire and won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for it. More recently, he wrote the screenplay for 127 Hours, which also received a great deal of praise. According to Deadline, “Negotiations haven’t begun yet, but Lionsgate is pushing hard for Beaufoy.”

This is great news to be sure but some of you may be wondering why Collins isn’t writing the second film. Deadline says that director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, is already attached for the sequel and that, “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.”

Catching Fire picks up where The Hunger Games leaves off, which I won’t talk about for fear of spoiling the book/film, and continues the trials of its main character Katniss Everdeen and her fight against the Capitol. Deadline says there’s no set start date on the sequel but that it is high priority. The Hunger Games will be in theaters March 23.

(via Deadline)

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  • Kimberly

    I’ve never read the books (although I keep meaning to), and I have to say, seeing the trailer for the movie definitely bumped the books up on my to-read list. Although The Mortal Instruments is still one slot ahead.

    Gotta say though, I’m already hearing rumbles of discontent from some of the hardcore fans. I hope they won’t rain too hard on our parade.

  • John Wao

    Is this series something an adult would enjoy or it strictly YA fare?

  • Michelle Mista

    A constant with any fandom are the loud, hardcore fans who complain at the slightest deviation from the original medium. Sadly, it’s just the nature of the beast. I have read the books and personally, I think the trailer was amazing. Most of my friends who also read the books are also pretty happy with the trailer and can’t wait till March :)

  • Michelle Mista

    If you like dystopic fiction, it is well worth the read. I can enjoy YA but tend to prefer more adult characters/situations but still thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games and other books. The world building is fantastic and while the YA romance is intrinsic to the plot, I found it to be quite well done.

  • Anonymous

    I usually stay away from YA but I love this series. Its a good quick read.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    It’s the first YA I’ve read in years and it kept my interest.

  • Anonymous

    You do realize that “continues the trials of its main character Katniss Everdeen” is a pretty big spoiler for the first book/movie, right?