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What was rumored late last year appears to be nearing fact: Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is working on the "Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire," with "Games" director Gary Ross likely to return for part two as well.

TheWrap reports that development on the "Catching Fire" script is already underway, with Beaufoy writing and Ross "supervising." Beaufoy is an interesting choice to pen the already anticipated sequel: he won his Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire" and also wrote "127 Hours."

"Catching Fire" is the middle book in Suzanne Collins's worldwide best-selling "Hunger Games" trilogy; it continues the story that is set up in "The Hunger Games," albeit with added characters and increased stakes.

"Games" is due in theaters on March 23. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci, the first film was written by Collins herself. Expect fans to start lining up for tickets yesterday.

[via TheWrap]