Sometimes, when hearing unconfirmed rumors regarding the Hunger Games movies, we’re so wrapped up in wanting confirmation at the time, but then, we don’t even realize it when we get it if it comes with other, shinier treasures like the first movie stills. In the Entertainment Weekly article that came out last week, there was a lot of that going around, but what really jumped out at me was the news about just why Michael Arndt was tapped for the screenplay.
To refresh your memory, here is the quote:
Originally Simon Beaufoy was hired to write the adaptation under Ross’ supervision. When Ross left, so did Beaufoy.
Huge news for us since we had NOT heard a thing before this saying that Beaufoy actually backed out completely; we just assumed that Arndt was doing rewrites. Rather unfortunate, but that’s Hollywood for you.
But that’s not all. It continues with:
Director [Francis] Lawrence and author Suzanne Collins holed up for three days in her publisher’s office with take-out food and chocolate. Together they drafted the film’s outline.
Again REALLY big news. One of the biggest questions we had about Catching Fire prior to this article was just how involved has Suzanne Collins been this time around. We all knew about how well she and Gary Ross worked together, but there was a huge question mark about her and Francis Lawrence. So ten or so months down the line, when the inevitable grumbling about why such and such was changed or left out of the movie, we will know that Suzanne Collins had a say.
And then of course Michael Arndt was brought on to pretty much fill in the outline with his undoubtedly smart dialogue. If you’ve seen Little Miss Sunshine, you know what I’m talking about.
So in case you missed this little revelation, you’re welcome. It’s easy to miss since it wasn’t even in the main article.
Now let’s talk about Plutarch’s pajamas