The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
We're only a couple months away from the shooting of 'Catching Fire,' Lionsgate's hot in pre-production follow-up to this spring's smash hit 'The Hunger Games' and it looks the film needs a new writer. Simon Beaufoy has been the credited writer for a while, and we know that Francis Lawrence is attached to direct, but it looks like they're bringing in 'Little Miss Sunshine' scribe Michael Arndt to polish the script.
This week we've got the continuation of the Lionsgate 'Catching Fire' director search saga -- and spoiler alert, it doesn't have a happy ending. Disney decides that Hasbro shouldn't have all the fun adapting games, so they're adapting another ride. And Shia LaBeouf -- always reliable for a big dose of, "Um, what?" -- has decided he's a comic artist. We don't think he knows what that means.
There have been many names thrown out, from 'Attack the Block' helmer Joe Cornish to David Cronenberg, but it's being reported that 'Catching Fire' is now down to two directors. Those two are the two we reported yesterday as being added to the shortlist: Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller.
Lionsgate seems to have gotten a bit full of themselves after tapping into some of that tween gold with 'The Hunger Games.' With the recent departure of director Gary Ross from the franchise, Lionsgate is scrambling to find someone to replace him that can please both the fans and series author Suzanne Collins.
After last week's announcement that Gary Ross was out of 'The Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire,' word came quickly that his demise was greatly exaggerated. But now we've heard that this matter has been settled and that Ross is out for good this time. I don't think there's a take back option here. Gary Ross is not directing 'Catching Fire.'
Yesterday, we reported that director Gary Ross was officially and definitively off the 'Hunger Games' sequel, 'Catching Fire.' Now, it's being reported that he's not out of the running quite yet. Now we can stop playing the "who will direct 'Catching Fire'?" game and go back to the "will Gary Ross return to Panem?" game.