According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt is in talks to write parts of the screenplay for the upcoming Hunger Games series film Catching Fire.
The original screenplay has been crafted by Slumdog Millionaire's Simon Beaufoy, based on the Suzanne Collins novel. It was also announced yesterday that I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence will helm the movie for Lionsgate.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The film will be produced by Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Production is slated to begin this Fall, and the film will be released on November 22, 2013.
THE HUNGER GAMES has broken many box office records since it opened on March 23, 2012. It achieved the highest grossing opening weekend ever for any non-sequel film and the third biggest opening weekend in box office history. It has already grossed $373 million at the North American box office, ranking in the top 20 films of all time, and it recently crossed the $600 million mark in worldwide box office.
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