Director Gary Ross is set to return for another round of The Hunger Games after agreeing to take charge of a planned sequel to the highly-anticipated movie.
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 TheWrap.com.
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.