When Gary Ross officially announced that he would not be returning to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, it not only left a directing gap but a screenwriting gap as well. While a script was completed by Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), Lionsgate wanted Ross to do a revision draft. Seeing as the writer/director is no longer attached to the project, that's unlikely to happen. So who is going to be the person hired for the gig.

According to THR, the answer to that question is Michael Arndt. The Oscar-winning screenwriter is currently in negotiations with Lionsgate to do a new draft of Catching Fire. The book will be based on the second book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy. Francis Lawrence, who previously directed I Am Legend, Constantine and Water for Elephants, recently signed on to helm the project. Production is currently scheduled for the fall so that Jennifer Lawrence can start filming the sequel to X-Men: First Class in January 2013.

Ardnt rose to acclaim back in 2006 when he wrote the screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine, which wound up winning him the Academy Award for Best Original screenplay. After a four year break he was then hired by Pixar to write the script for Toy Story 3, based on a script by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. The writer was also recently hired to rewrite the Phineas and Ferb movie, based on the Disney Channel show of the same name

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