Wall Street Journal looks at ‘The Hunger Games’ Success and Moving Forward
Wall Street Journal has taken a look at Lionsgate and ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise, commenting on the success and where to next in terms of ‘Catching Fire.’ According to sources interviewed Lionsgate are close to closing the deal with Francis Lawrence to direct ‘Catching Fire’. And as for the cast and script:
One issue that is under control: All the primary “Hunger Games” cast members are signed up for the entire four-film series, so none are likely to follow Mr. Ross to the exit.
But the studio has yet to finalize a script, now being written by “Slumdog Millionaire” writer Simon Beaufoy. The author of the series, Suzanne Collins, will have input, as she did with the script for the first film.
“I would call it a collaborative effort,” said Rob Friedman, Lions Gate motion picture group co-chair, referring to Ms. Collins’s participation. “Suzanne has always been very, very involved.”
There was also mention of the DVD release, with August/September again being touted as the likely months of release:
Due to the first film’s exceptional box office performance, the studio is considering pushing the DVD release to five months after its theatrical opening, as opposed to the usual four-month window, according to people familiar with the matter. That time frame would also allow it to take advantage of back-to-school momentum in the retail environment.
I’m sure as fans we’re all happy to hear Lionsgate execs acknowledge that Suzanne Collins is very much involved with the script writing for ‘Catching Fire’.
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