Academy Award winner Michael Arndt in talks to re-write Catching Fire’s script
Just a few days ago we got official confirmation that Francis Lawrence has been signed as Catching Fire‘s director, and just when we thought the unexpected news regarding Catching Fire had ended, here’s another surprise. The Hollywood Reporter states that Lionsgate is in talks with screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine scrpit and wrote Toy Story 3, to re-write Catching Fire‘s script, originally penned by (Academy Award winner too) Simon Beaufoy.
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.
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.
We know Beaufoy finished the first draft of the script back in March, and it was sent to Suzanne Collins for revision. While this is not official, it’s worth noting that The Hollywood Reporter was the first to hint Francis Lawrence as Lionsgate‘s choice to replace Gary Ross.
No information on the reason of the re-writing was shared. We’ll keep you updated.