Film Briefs: Playing Catch-Up On 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' And Joss Whedon's Next Film

There are reports today that Lionsgate has started moving on Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, with Simon Beaufoy adapting the Suzanne Collins novel, and Gary Ross returning as director of a film set for release November 22, 2013. Deadline readers might recall we told you all this last November, when progress actually began on the sequel…

The Avengers director Joss Whedon probably had his own designs on how to reveal his next film, but Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer did it for him by telling Vulture she would be in the cast of his next film, that it would start production next month, and that it is a supernatural romance. The cynical part of me wonders if this is the supernatural romance In Your Eyes, which Whedon unveiled last Halloween as the second film (after Much Ado About Nothing) from his new microbudget feature factory Bellwether. Last I heard, Whedon wrote the script but Brin Hill will direct with Whedon’s Bellwether partner Kai Cole producing along with Night & Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff. In Your Eyes is a metaphysical love story about two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined.

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