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Filming Location: Atlanta, GA, Jonesboro, GA, Oahu, HI
Filming Dates: September 11th- December 21th
Director: Francis Lawrence
Lionsgate officially announced Francis Lawrence as the director of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on May 3, 2012. Bennett Miller was also reported to be in the running for director.
Josh Hutcherson on Francis:
“Francis Lawrence is extremely talented,” he said. “I’ve heard he’s the nicest guy in the world. I’m really excited to see what he’s going to do with it.”
Jennifer Lawrence on Francis:
The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about,” she told 24 Frames of “Catching Fire,” which Francis Lawrence will direct. “I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross,” she added. “It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”
Once again, Suzanne Collins is also listed as an Executive Producer on the Hunger Games IMDB page. This has not been confirmed by Lionsgate. Anyone with an IMDBPro account can go in and edit information, so for now, consider this a rumor unless it gets officially announced.
Original Music By: James Newton Howard
The first draft of the Catching Fire script was drafted by Simon Beaufoy and then read and edited by Suzanne Collins.
Simon Beaufoy talks collaborating with Suzanne Collins on the Catching Fire script:
“Things always do have to change otherwise there’s always something very flat about very faithful adaptations,” he said. “But on the other hand, there’s an extremely loyal fan base and readership and you just have to be careful of how many liberties you do take.
“So fortunately Suzanne is here to help me,” he continued. “She’s reading this draft at the moment and she’ll tell me, ‘You can’t do that. You must do this.’ Because there are some things that are sacrosanct to her readers and she knows them very well and she’ll let me know.” E! Online March 6, 2012
Simon Beaufoy finished drafting Catching Fire in the early part of June but Michael Arndt is now rumored to be doing a re-write of the script:
“Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine 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.” THR May 4, 2012