The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Script Done, but Will It Please Fans?
03.12.12 by Ryan
Simon Beaufoy is no stranger to adapting novels into movies. Having won an Academy Award for adapting Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, the British screenwriter was most recently nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the survivalist drama 127 Hours. Beaufoy's latest adaptation takes him into Young Adult territory as he recently finished the first draft of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, author Suzanne Collins' second novel in her The Hunger Games trilogy.
While recently discussing the art of novel-to-movie adaptation with io9, Beaufoy admitted that "twelve years of adapting means I can sort of see ahead whether [a novel] can make a really good film or not" while also revealing that he prefers "trying to adapt the strange and quirky ones" because they allow "more free range as a writer." We're not sure Catching Fire fits into the "strange and quirky" description, since Beaufoy said that working on Catching Fire was more difficult than most since he was required to be loyal to a "rigorous" fan base.
Oooh... that's more difficult, because one has to be very loyal to a fan base that is rigorous beyond anything I've ever come across. And yet, you still have to do the kind of brutal process of turning it into a film. Just transposing the book wholesale onto the screen, isn't doing nobody any favors I don't think. I always think faithful adapatations are a real mistake. That's not reinventing what's wonderful about the book onto the screen. That's just a slightly scared way going, "We'll keep it the same and it will be fine!" And it actually won't because it's the brother or the sister of a book, it's not its twin, it's different.
Catching Fire will reportedly be directed by The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and is already scheduled for release on November 22, 2013. Meanwhile, the first Hunger Games movie will arrive on March 23rd, giving fans their first glimpse of the way Collins and Ross have adapted the successful novel that follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) after she volunteers to take past in a televised battle to the death called The Hunger Games. Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson co-star.