Variety: What Lionsgate Needs to do to Meet ‘Catching Fire’ Deadline

The Hunger Games

A new article from Variety takes a look at the 19-month window Lionsgate has to get Catching Fire from script to theater. Filming needs to wrap by the end of the year since Jennifer Lawrence is needed on X-Men beginning in January 2013, and according to Variety, “Lionsgate is holding firm to its Nov. 22, 2013 release date for Catching Fire, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.”

The good news is that Variety doesn’t think Lionsgate will have any problem meeting this deadline, provided that they clear these hurdles:

  • It needs to sign a director whose late-summer schedule is open and can immediately begin working with “Slumdog Millionaire” screenwritier Simon Beaufoy, who’s still crafting the “Fire” script.
  • Though Lionsgate has the lead actors (Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson) locked in for the sequels, the stunning performance of “Hunger Games” means the company may feel the need to sweeten their…

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