Directors: “Catching Fire,” “Thief,” “Unmasked”

Catching Fire
Both were said to have scored the gigs back in November but now it’s official – Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”) is writing the script and Gary Ross is set to direct “Catching Fire”, the sequel to the upcoming sci-fi adaptation “The Hunger Games”.

Ross, who also directs ‘Hunger’, is supervising the writing. The film has already set a November 22nd 2013 release. [Source: Reuters]

The Identity Thief
Director Seth Gordon and his “Horrible Bosses” star Jason Bateman are re-teaming on the comedy “The Identity Thief” at Universal Pictures.

Melissa McCarthy also stars in the film which will have an identity theft element to the storyline (no plot specifics have been revealed). Steve Conrad and Craig Mazin penned the script. [Source: Reuters]

Geoffrey Sax (“Frankie and Alice”) is set to direct the psychological thriller “Unmasked” at Nasser Entertainment/Nasser Group North and Studio City Pictures.

Peter Scott Vicaire penned the script about a man who joins a mysterious and dangerous club in order to relive the worst day of his life. Joseph and Jack Nasser will produce with shooting to begin early Summer. [Source: Variety]