Director Ross on board for second round of Hunger Games

The first installment of The Hunger Games stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as literary heroine Katniss Everdeen in the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novel.

The sci-fi action film is not released until March (12), but Lionsgate studio executives are so sure the movie will be a box office smash, they’ve decided to press ahead with a sequel and have extended Ross’ contract to direct Catching Fire, reports

Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy will pen the script, with Ross, who co-wrote the film version of The Hunger Games, also serving as script supervisor.

Catching Fire is scheduled for a November 2013 release.