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


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 deals — even if it’s not contractually obligated to do so.
  • Once a director is on board, he or she needs to cast about two dozen additional actors who were not in “The Hunger Games.”

Variety notes that “none of these tasks is insurmountable, and bizzers expect Lionsgate to meet its deadlines.”

“I don’t think it’s a big problem,” said one tenpercenter who covers Lionsgate. “It would have been a problem if it were the first film, but now you already have the infrastructure in place for the next film.”

You can read the full article at Variety (though it requires a subscription).

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