Hunger Games Sequel Officially Catches Slumdog Millionaire Writer

Simon BeaufoyUsually I treat news of writers being hired to “develop” sequels to movies that haven’t even open yet with a snicker or two. But when it comes to the sequel to Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games”, I have to say, this is not a bad idea to get the ball rolling now, even with the first movie still a couple of months away from opening.

Why? Because “The Hunger Games” is going to be a hit. It might not match “Twilight” level wattage in terms of box office, but it’s definitely going to become a hit. And that means it’ll demand a sequel. Or two. (The original series of young adult novels by writer Suzanne Collins was a trilogy.)

And so it’s probably not surprising to learn that Simon Beaufoy (who won an Academy Award for writing “Slumdog Millionaire”) has officially been hired to pen the second installment in the trilogy, “Catching Fire”. Beaufoy was previously at the top of the studio’s list of wanted screenwriters back in November of last year. Gary Ross, who directed the first “Hunger Games”, will return to direct the sequel, and he is said to be “supervising” Beaufoy’s work.

“Catching Fire” would follow up on the events of “The Hunger Games” and chronicle the adventures of female heroine Katness (Jennifer Lawrence) and her Games mate Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as they deal with the ramifications of their time in the Hunger Games.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games (2012) Movie Image

Via : The Wrap