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Yesterday we heard from Catching Fire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and today we’re getting more from him.

This time he’s talking about Hunger Games trilogy author Suzanne Collins’ involvement!

He told E! Online:

“I just finished the first draft, literally a few days ago,” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy told us at last night’s L.A. premiere of his new film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (out on Friday). “I’m waiting to see what everyone thinks.”

Beaufoy said he’s working closely with Collins on Catching, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. They’ll be sticking to the book for the most part, but there will be some tweaks here and there.

“Things always do have to change otherwise there’s always something very flat about very faithful adaptations,” he said. “But on the other hand, there’s an extremely loyal fan base and readership and you just have to be careful of how many liberties you do take.

“So fortunately Suzanne is here to help me,” he continued. “She’s reading this draft at the moment and she’ll tell me, ‘You can’t do that. You must do this.’ Because there are some things that are sacrosanct to her readers and she knows them very well and she’ll let me know.”

We love hearing that Collins is so closely involved! Catching Fire is due for release November 23rd, 2013.

  • hpatdh33

    I am so excited for the Hunger Games but for some reason I am more excited for Catching Fire,  I love the tropical atmosphere of the games!!! 

    • 7Starrchasers

      Not to mention Finnick Odair….*squeeee*

  • teampeeta

    I love the hunger games and I can’t wait for the film.
    but I love the arena in catching fire more and I can’t wait to see finnick!

  • Plat

    Its good to know that Collins is involved with almost each step of the filmmakers to assure films that do the books justice! :)

  • Sarah D.

    Ok I’m excited to see the Hunger Games, I really am. BUt I’m sick of hearing things about “Catching Fire” when the FIRST movie hasn’t even been released yet. I know Lionsgate has been promoting the Hunger Games relentlessly….but come on. There’s no need for such a crazy rush on everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NeurodicNatalie Natalie Risk

    Okay if they take out the rooftop scene with Peeta and Katniss or the [SPOILER] Peeta/Katniss makeout session on the beach in the arena, The Hunger Games just might exist for a few people….

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