According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate may sign writer Michael Arndt to rewrite the initial draft from Simon Beaufoy (â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€). Arndt won an Oscar for his script for â€œLittle Miss Sunshine,â€ and wrote â€œToy Story 3.â€
â€œCatching Fireâ€ is based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.
Lionsgate already signed director Francis Lawrence officially to replace â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ director Gary Ross. The sequel is scheduled to begin principal photography later this summer, and must be finished by the end of this year due to actress Jennifer Lawrence’s prior commitment to Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s â€œX-Men: First Classâ€ sequel.
â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ has garnered over $600 million in worldwide theater box office sales this year.