Earlier this week Gary Ross’ inability to lock down a contract for Catching Fire, the sequel to this year’s hit The Hunger Games, put Jennifer Lawrence’s schedule into the air. For one thing, if the two parties were unable to come to an agreement, Fox’s priority rights to Lawrence kicks in, and she would be contractually obligated to shoot the sequel to X-Men: First Class 2 over Catching Fire.
But it seems that an agreement has been settled, or so to speak as Jennifer Lawrence will be joining the cast of X-Men: First Class 2 for a January shoot. Theoritically this means that Catching Fire would shoot later this year, perhaps some time during the fall.
Heat Vision reports that even though the two studios have come to an agreement, if another Hunger Games project interferes with 20th Century Fox film which involves Lawrence, Fox can exercise the option on the young star’s contract. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that. Lawrence’s characters in both films are vital to the franchise. More so with The Hunger Games. Can you imagine someone else being Katiniss Everdeen?
As aforementioned Ross’ job status for the sequel is currently unknown, and the more the studio prolongs talks while the movie rakes in money, the more the decision to return to helm a sequel weighs in. No doubt Ross wants some sort of raise, especially since the film is a critical and commercial success. Simon Beafouy is currently writing the script for Catching Fire
The same cannot be said for Matthew Vaughn, who will return to direct X-Men: First Class 2. He will be using a script written by Simon Kinberg. Rumor has it that the film will pick up with the Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender) having a role in the assassination of JFK.