With the world in a spin following the release of the first full trailer for Gary Ross’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games it can come as no surprise that plans are already in motion for the movie based on the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire.

The director is expected to return for the second film, and presumably the third as well, and today Deadline have reported that Simon Beaufoy is being ‘courted’ by Lionsgate to adapt the second book in the series. Beaufoy’s recent successes include his collaborations with Danny Boyle, the Aron Ralston film 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire for which Beaufoy won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay so the man knows his stuff.

His next work on the big screen is another adaptation, this time Paul Torday’s novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which has Lasse Hallström behind the camera and Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in front of it. There is almost a troubling certainty that The Hunger Games will step comfortably in the spotlight once Twilight is done sharing the stage with a certain Mr. Potter and I can’t imagine money is much of an issue for Lionsgate so let the courting begin.