Lionsgate is banking on the success of their still-unreleased Hunger Games film and is in talks with Simon Beaufoy to write the second script.
Oscar-winning Beaufoy, who penned Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and The Full Monty, would adapt Suzanne Collins’ second instalment Catching Fire into a first draft.
Though the director/writer of the first film, Gary Ross originally intended to outline the second script as well, post-production is taking too long and Lionsgate is looking to bring in outside help. It is likely that Ross and Collins will have significant input on the script before it begins shooting.
Catching Fire joins Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) fighting against past winners in a 75th staging of the games.
Hunger Games opens on March 23rd and Catching Fire is scheduled for release November 22nd 2013, though production hasn’t started.