The Kidd here...
I find this whole development process for the second chapter of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, CATCHING FIRE, to be fascinating, because you'd think that studios would have learned that rushing a film into production when it's not quite ready doesn't always yield the best results. Then again, they know anything with THE HUNGER GAMES name on it is going to make a ton of money regardless, so they'd better get it into the theatres sooner rather than later, lest these fans head elsewhere suddenly.
However, even with a very tight production window for CATCHING FIRE, dictated by Fox's need to have Jennifer Lawrence ready to go for the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel, Lionsgate is squeezing in a rewrite of the script. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, TOY STORY 3) is being brought on to take a run at Simon Beaufoy's script in order to get it ready for the late summer start date for the film. That doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for Arndt to operate with, knowing he's against the clock to get CATCHING FIRE polished and ready to go in front of cameras.
I get that Lionsgate knows they've got a major money maker on their hands, as evidenced by the first film, but it's the fans who suffer when little attention is paid to quality and more focus is put on making a pre-determined release date.
Can we please get back to making movies that then get release dates as opposed to the practice of making movies for the release dates?
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