Michael Arndt in Talks to Re-Write ‘Catching Fire’ Script
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Michael Arndt is currently in talks to work on the re-write of Simon Beaufoy’s script for ‘Catching Fire’. Best known for his work writing scripts for Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, Arndt was also hired last year to write the script for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb movie!
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.