Hollywood Outbreak caught up with screenwriter for Catching Fire, Simon Beaufoy, who let them know that the script for the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy is complete (at least the first draft):
“It’s very, very different from the way I normally adapt which is to read the book twice and then put it to one side,” says Beaufoy, who has already submitted his first draft for Catching Fire. “You can’t do this (with Catching Fire) because you’ll get firebombed by the fan base. I never see changing a novel a lot into a screenplay is disrespect at all really to the novel or the novelist. I see it as the opposite. You are making something different. And to do that you have to be quite free with the material. I had many concerns with taking on Catching Fire because my usual approach is to be very free. But what I hadn’t realized was that Suzanne Collins used to be a TV writer and film writer. She sort of adapted it already. The novels are very filmic structurally already. Luckily I haven’t had that battle in my head where I thought I had to discard everything, which is good because the fan base is incredibly loyal to everything.”
So a little over two weeks before the first film hits theaters, it looks like full speed ahead for Catching Fire! You’ll recall that studio execs had said that Catching Fire would only be greenlit if Hunger Games hit the $100 million dollar mark. It looks like now that the film will greatly outperform that number, so buckle up and bring on Finnick!