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Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire Has Millionaire Screenwriter

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

We heard rumors of this news a few months ago but today it’s official. The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, now has a screenwriter and it’s not the book’s author Suzanne Collins

Golden Globe and Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy has been tasked with transferring Collins’ sequel for the big screen for Lionsgate. Beaufoy won his awards in 2008 for writing Slumdog Millionaire. He’s also written The Full Monty and last year’s 127 hours.

There’s really not much that can be said about the plot of Catching Fire without ruining just about everything from The Hunger Games. Needless to say, it’s just as intense and exhilarating as the first.

The Wrap says that director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, will be supervising the script as well as directing the sequel. Ross, who worked on the script for the first film with Collins, originally intended to write an outline and script it with her again, but the post production schedule on The Hunger Games made that too difficult. Hopefully she’ll still have a hand in it somewhere down the line.

We’re still waiting to see The Hunger Games released on March 23 of this year but Catching Fire will hit theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

(via The Wrap)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."