It looks like trouble might be brewing in the world of Panem. First, the selection of Francis Lawrence to helm ‘Catching Fire’ hasn’t exactly gotten tongues wagging, and now word has come that Simon Beaufoy’s script is getting a rewrite. Lionsgate seems to have hired Michael Arndt to take the gig, and while that’s not a bad thing at all, it suggests that right now this movie is not up to snuff and would currently pale in comparison to ‘The Hunger Games’. A lot can change, but this all doesn’t inspire confidence. You can read the story from The Hollywood Reporter here, but after the jump I’ll get into what this might mean for the movie itself…

This sort of thing happens all the time on big projects, so that alone isn’t a big deal, but usually this sort of addition isn’t announced (plus Arndt is very talented and could bring some extra humanity to the epic flick). The hope is obviously that this is just an extra effort to make the film as good or better than ‘The Hunger Games’, but between this possibly mean troubles at the scripting stage and the uninspired choice of Francis Lawrence to helm…well, trouble could be brewing as well. Let’s hope for the best, but prepare for something else as well.

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