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Michael Arndt May Sign on to Rewrite Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire

HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 25:  ***NO ONLINE, NO INTERNET, EMBARGOED FROM INTERNET AND TELEVISION USAGE UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE OSCARS TELECAST***   Winner of Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Little Miss Sunshine" Michael Arndt poses in the press room during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt may be called into postapocalyptic America to rewrite Catching Fire, the next installment of The Hunger Games. Arndt won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine screenplay and also wrote the surprisingly somber Toy Story 3. If a deal is completed, Ardnt would take over Simon Beaufoy's script and join director Francis Lawrence, who replaces Gary Ross. Lionsgate is aiming to begin production in late summer and on a tight schedule owing to Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to the X-Men: First Class sequel. She needs ample time to squeeze her that freaky Mystique suit.

Photo: Vince Bucci/2007 Getty Images