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If you’ve been paying any attention to the film adaptation of The Hunger Games and its production history so far, you know that Lionsgate is very serious about turning the bestsellers into the next big film series. With the reception of the first trailer going over very well, they’re now making their next move: hiring a writer to adapt the second book in the series, Catching Fire.
Who they’re aiming for is an interesting choice: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for penning Slumdog Millionaire as well as a nomination for 127 Hours. Originally, it was thought that Gary Ross, director of “Hunger Games” would adapt the second book with original author Suzanne Collins, but due to the post-production schedule of the first film—and the speed at while Lionsgate wants to get the ball rolling on the second installment—they went hunting for a new writer.
The Hunger Games is set to debut next March, giving Lionsgate plenty more time to build steam while ramping up for the second film. With Ross said to be returning for “Fire” and Beaufoy so close to being nabbed, the series may be on the road to its intended goal.