If Gary Ross was still around, concerns for Catching Fire would be on improving his sloppy, to be fair possibly MPAA satisfying, action direction and less in the scripting department. Alas he's gone and initial drafts from Oscar-winning penner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) need fine-tuning.
Cue Oscar-scribe Michael Arndt, for Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, taking over scripting duties, reports Heat Vision. A deal isn't locked down, but if he accepts (The fact they're "in talks" suggests he will, and this is all about money-squabbling) Arndt will have to get right on yesterday.
The Hunger Games sequel has a fall-date drawing near before star Jennifer Lawrence must vacate back to the land of merry-mutants for the X-Men: First Class sequel early next year.