May 04, 2012

RUMOR: Michael Ardnt, in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire?

Here's an interesting report from THRThey're reporting that although Simon Beaufoy has already written the initial draft for the Catching Fire script, Lionsgate is currently in negotiations with screen writer Michael Ardnt to re-write the script.

NOTE: This has not been confirmed by Lionsgate yet.
Catching Fire is catching a new writer. 
Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine screenplay and penned Toy Story 3, is in talks with Lionsgate to work on the high-profile sequel to The Hunger Games, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. 
Francis Lawrence is officially on board to direct the movie, stepping into the chair vacated by Gary Ross, who helmed the $600 million-grossing first installment in the franchise.
The sequel is barreling toward a late-summer production start. While Lionsgate doesn’t yet have a deal with Arndt, if he signs on, he will have to work double-time to get the script ready due to a squeezed schedule caused by star Jennifer Lawrence’s commitment to Fox’s X-Men: First Class sequel. That tight schedule was one reason Ross declined to take on the project.
Read more HERE.

So what do you guys think? Do you like Simon Beaufoy to pen the script for Catching Fire better than Michael Ardnt? Or the other way around? Tell us in the comments below. 


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