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Toy Story 3 Scribe Michael Arndt in Negotiations to Rewrite Catching Fire Script


Toy Story 3 Scribe Michael Arndt in Negotiations to Rewrite Catching Fire Script

‘Toy Story 3’ writer Michael Arndt is in negotiations to rewrite the script for ‘Catching Fire,’ the anticipated sequel to ‘The Hunter Games,’ Slashfilm is reporting. The news comes after director Francis Lawrence signed on to replace Gary Ross, who helmed the $600-million grossing first entry in the film franchise based on Suzanne Collin’s popular book series.

If Arndt, who won an Academy Award for his work on ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ signs on for the rewrite of ‘Catching Fire,’ he will be replacing ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ scribe Simon Beaufoy. After Ross decided to leave the film series, Lionsgate, the franchise’s studio, decided to look for new writers as well.

Arndt will only have a short period of time to finish the rewrite for ‘Catching Fire,’ as the film is on track to be released in November 2013. it’s set to start filming late this summer, as star Jennifer Lawrence is also committed to shoot Fox’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ this year. The tight schedule is one of the reasons why Ross declined to return to the series.

‘Catching Fire’ follows (Jennifer) Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, after she won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson. While the two should be happy, their victory came after defying the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta are horrified to learn that they’re the new faces of the rebellion among the subjects, and that the Capitol wants revenge.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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