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HUNGER GAMES Sequel CATCHING FIRE Secures Director and Writer

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games hasn't even been released yet, but they are expecting it will be a huge hit. Why wouldn't it be? It's one of the most anticipated films of 2012. The studio has hired screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) to write the script for the sequel, Catching Fire, to be directed by Gary Ross, who is currently directing the first film. 

The Hunger Games comes out on March 23rd, 2012, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Liam Hemsworth all of whom are expected to return to reprise their roles in Catching Fire, which is set to be released in theaters on November 22nd, 2013. 

I hope the first one ends up living up to the expectations of the fans, but you should be happy to know that they have a good team assembled for the sequel. 

Here's the description of the book, which contains SPOILERS if you didn't read the first one

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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