'Hunger Games' Stars Give Updates On 'Catching Fire'

Josh Hutcherson tells MTV News that director Francis Lawrence 'has his finger on the pulse of the story.'

UNIVERSAL CITY, California — Coming off their big night at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, the cast of "The Hunger Games," which took home four buckets of Golden Popcorn, is already planning the next installment of the series, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with stars Josh Hutcherson and Elizabeth Banks during the awards ceremony to find out where preparations for "Catching Fire" currently stand.

Last week came word that the crew may leave behind its North Carolina location from the first film for a shoot further south in Atlanta. Hutcherson told MTV News that he hasn't heard a definitive word on the location, but he is looking forward to the shoot.

"I haven't heard anything confirmed yet, but Atlanta is a big possibility. I know they're looking at Hawaii, too, for some of the tropic stuff when we're in the Games itself," he said. "I'm excited. It's going to be somewhere nice. I'm looking forward to it."

A possible change in filming location would be a minor shift compared to the director swap that captured headlines months ago. Hutcherson said that he recently saw the new director, Francis Lawrence, and is excited about his vision for the next adaptation.

"I just had lunch with him a couple days ago, and he's fantastic. He's so smart and really has his finger on the pulse of the story, and I love the way he's going to structure the script," Hutcherson said. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I want to make the movie out of the book. I want the book to be the best movie possible.' That was immediately what he led with, which meant a lot to me because the books mean a lot to me."

Sunday night's winner for Best On-Screen Transformation, Elizabeth Banks, on the other hand, has not spoken with Lawrence, though she understands why. "They're so early in the process. That seems silly to say because we're going to make the movie in a few months," she said. "But I think he's just started, and we have just gotten scripts, and it's just sort of all happening."

As for whether she can share any details from the script she just read, Banks kept her secrets to herself. "I can't tell you anything," she said. "I read a book called 'Catching Fire' that I'm pretty sure the movie will be based on."

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