Movie Timeline

Script

  • 11/16/2011 – Lionsgate is courting Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to write Catching Fire, according to Deadline.
  • 1/12/2012 – In an interview with the LA Times, Gary Ross confirmed Simon Beaufoy would be working on the script with him and Suzanne Collins.
  • 3/7/2012 – Simon Beaufoy told E! News that the first draft of the script is done and in Suzanne Collins’ hands.
  • 5/4/2012 – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Arndt is in talks to work on the Catching Fire script.
  • 6/8/2012 – Simon Beaufoy told the LA Times that he’s done with the Catching Fire script.
  • 1/10/2013 – Nina Jacobson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Michael Arndt worked on the Catching Fire script.

Director

  • 11/16/2011 – Gary Ross is coming back to direct Catching Fire, according to Deadline.
  • 1/12/2012 – In an interview with the LA Times, Gary Ross said he’s already started working on the script to Catching Fire, presumably returning as director as well.
  • 1/29/2012 – In an interview with Fandango, Gary Ross said he’s “committed” to Catching Fire.
  • 4/4/2012 – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gary Ross is not locked up for Catching Fire and is currently in negotiations.
  • 4/6/2012 – According to IndieWire’s The Playlist, Gary Ross is officially out as director for Catching Fire.
  • 4/7/2012 – According to Deadline, Gary Ross has not officially withdrawn from the movie.
  • 4/10/2012 – Gary Ross announced that he will not return for Catching Fire.
  • 4/12/2012 – According to the LA Times, Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are being considered to direct.
    • 11/13/2012 – David Cronenberg tells DigitalSpy he was never approached for Catching Fire.
  • 4/17/2012 – According to The Playlist, Bennet Miller and Francis Lawrence are being considered to direct.
  • 4/19/2012 – The Insider confirmed with Lionsgate that Francis Lawrence was offered the job of director.
  • 4/27/2012 – According to The Wall Street Journal, Lionsgate is close to a deal with Francis Lawrence.
  • 5/3/2012 – Lionsgate announced Francis Lawrence as the director for Catching Fire.

Cast

  • 5/3/2012 – According to a Lionsgate press release, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson are returning to their respective roles in Catching Fire.
  • 6/25/2012 – Kevin Nash told USA Today he’s in talks for a role in Catching Fire.
  • 6/25/2012 – Romeo Miller told MTV he met with Lionsgate about Catching Fire.
  • Finnick Odair
    • 5/29/2012 – According to E! Online, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are the three actors Lionsgate is looking at for Finnick.
    • 5/30/2012 – According to Zap2it, there are no front runners for Finnick and casting only began on May 29.
    • 5/31/2012 – According to Hollywood Life, the two front runners are Garrett Hedlund and Taylor Kitsch.
    • 5/31/2012 – According to the LA Times, Taylor Kitsch said the role of Finnick is “not going to happen.”
    • 6/1/2012 – According to Lainey Gossip, Armie Hammer is Francis Lawrence’s first choice.
    • 6/5/2012 – Producer Nina Jacobson said ”we’ve not narrowed things down by any means” regarding rumors about front runners for Finnick.
    • 6/5/2012 – According to Zap2it, Lionsgate is meeting with Lucas Till, Trevor Donovan, and Alan Ritchson for the role.
      • 6/11/2012 – A source told us that Lucas Till is not up for the role of Finnick.
      • 7/5/2012 – Trevor Donovan confirmed that he had been in the running for Finnick, but is no longer being considered.
    • 6/11/2012 – According to Lainey Gossip, Garrett Hedlund auditioned for Finnick.
    • 6/13/2012 – According to Lainey Gossip, Sam Claflin read for the role.
    • 7/1/2012 – According to The Daily Beast, Hunter Parrish is in talks with producers for Finnick.
    • 7/12/2012 – Grant Gustin told The Insider that he auditioned for the role of Finnick.
    • 7/17/2012 – According to Zap2it, Sam Claflin has been offered the role of Finnick. Variety also reported that Sam Claflin is the choice to play Finnick.
    • 8/2/2012 – According to Deadline, Sam Claflin is cleared for the role of Finnick after working out conflicting dates with another studio.
    • 8/22/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick.
  • Johanna Mason
    • 6/13/2012 – According to Lainey Gossip, Catalina Sandino Moreno was asked to audition for the role.
    • 6/22/2012 – According to IndieWire’s The Playlist, Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki are in the running for Johanna.
      • 6/25/12 – Mia Wasikowska’s reps told Entertainment Weekly that she has not been approached for the role.
    • 6/25/2012 – According to Entertainment Weekly, Jena Malone is in the running for Johanna.
    • 6/28/2012 – According to Deadline, Zoe Aggeliki is the front runner for Johanna.
    • 7/3/2012 – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jena Malone has been offered the role of Johanna.
    • 7/23/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Jena Malone has been cast as Johanna.
  • Plutarch Heavensbee
    • 6/11/2012 – According to Variety, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch.
    • 6/25/2012 – A source told us that Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to play Plutarch.
    • 7/9/2012 – E! Online also heard that Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to play Plutarch.
    • 7/9/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Plutarch.
  • Gloss
  • Cashmere
    • 8/14/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Stephanie Leigh Schlund has been cast as Cashmere.
  • Enobaria
  • Brutus
    • 6/26/2012 – According to ShockYa, Victor Gojcaj and Kevin Durand are competing for the role of Brutus. Kevin Nash was previously in the running.
    • 8/8/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Bruno Gunn has been cast as Brutus.
  • Mags
    • 6/13/2012 – According to Lainey Gossip, Cicely Tyson is being seriously considered for the role.
    • 7/17/012 – Variety reported that Melissa Leo was the frontrunner for Mags, but shortly thereafter reported that her reps had been told she didn’t get the role.
    • 8/2/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Lynn Cohen has been cast as Mags.
  • Wiress
  • Beetee
    • 7/17/2012 – According to Variety, Tony Shalhoub is the frontrunner for Beetee.
    • 9/7/2012 – Lionsgate officially announced that Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee.
  • Chaff
  • Seeder
  • Romulus Thread
    • 8/6/2012 – According to Variety, Patrick St. Esprit will play Romulous Thread.
  • Other Tributes
    • 9/26/12 – Lionsgate officially announced the casting for the remaining Tributes, including Woof, Cecelia, Blight and the unnamed Tributes.

Filming/Release Date

  • 8/8/2011 – Lionsgate announced that Catching Fire will be released on November 22, 2013.
  • 8/31/2011 – No filming dates or locations have been determined, according to The Hunger Games’ unit publicist for production William Casey.
  • 1/12/2012 – In an interview with E! Online, Josh Hutcherson said they would hopefully start filming Catching Fire next fall.
  • 1/30/2012 – In an interview with EW, Jennifer Lawrence said they begin training in July.
  • 1/30/2012 – In an interview with EW, Jennifer Lawrence said she thinks they “might shoot in Hawaii.”
  • 4/6/2012 – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catching Fire will begin shooting in August/September.
  • 5/16/2012 – According to tweets from news anchor Russ Bowen, Catching Fire filming could move to Atlanta.
  • 6/1/2012 – According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Catching Fire will film in the Atlanta area.
  • 6/4/2012 – Josh Hutcherson told MTV that Atlanta is a “big possibility” and that they’re looking at Hawaii for the Games.
  • 7/10/2012 – According to a production assistant in the Catching Fire art department, filming will take place in Atlanta.
  • 7/10/2012 – According the Kauai.com Facebook page, Hawaii’s Kauai was chosen as the location for Catching Fire filming.
  • 7/16/2012 – According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Catching Fire will shoot on Kauai for three week.
  • 7/16/2012 – According to Celebuzz, various locations in Georgia are currently being looked at for Victor’s Village in District 12.
  • 7/20/2012 – According to Russ Bowen, pre-production is taking place in Atlanta and the movie is tentatively set to begin filming around September 10.
  • 7/23/2012 – According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Lionsgate told them Kauai will not be one of the filming locations.
  • 8/1/2012 – According to Tim Ryan’s Reel Hawaii, Catching Fire will shoot on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
  • 8/2/2012 – Josh Hutcherson told “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” that he’ll be headed to Atlanta in about two weeks to begin filming.
  • 8/6/2012 – Woody Harrelson told “CBS This Morning” that they’ll be filming in Atlanta next month, and then Hawaii.
  • 9/2/2012 – Elizabeth Banks told MSN that they’ll be filming in Atlanta and Hawaii starting in September.
  • 9/4/2012 – According to a call for extras on the CL Casting Facebook page, some training center scenes will be filmed from September 11-14 in Atlanta.
  • 9/10/2012 – Lionsgate announced that Catching Fire production began today, with the movie filming in Atlanta then Hawaii, and wrapping in December.
  • 9/12/2012 – Possible filming locations include Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, and Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, GA.
  • 9/13/2012 – According to a local newspaper, Catching Fire will film in Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, GA, in late October-November.
    • 9/24/2012 – Filming will take place at “The Beach” in Clayton County International Park and last through November.
  • 9/19/2012 – Catching Fire will be filming a party scene at the Swan House in Atlanta on September 26-28.
  • 9/27/2012 – Scenes with a Justice Building will be filmed at Goat Farm next week and last a few days, possibly taking place in District 11.