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Francis Lawrence Will Be Catching Fire
He's been offered the next Hunger Games

20 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Francis Lawrence Will Be Catching Fire

The old saying runs that nature abhors a vacuum, but that’s nothing compared to the howling void a studio fears when a director departs a big name franchise. So you can understand Lionsgate acting quickly to plug the gap created by Gary Ross’ decision to pass on Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. His replacement elect? I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence.

After a fast but apparently extensive search, word broke earlier this week from the gang over at The Playlist that Lionsgate had narrowed their choice down to either Lawrence or Moneyball man Bennett Miller. But with Miller ploughing ahead on true-life tragedy tale Foxcatcher (Mark Ruffalo just joined a cast that already includes Steve Carell and Channing Tatum), he was simply too busy to take on the gig.

And Lawrence, who has shown he can handle both spectacle and more intimate dramas such as Water For Elephants, seems like a solid pair of hands for the Suzanne Collins sequel. Even if the choice may well be divisive (we’re preparing for the standard derogatory comments).

His hiring will come as a relief to the executives, who are staring down a November 2013 release date and the fact that Catching Fire will need to be finished shooting by this December to free up Jennifer Lawrence in time to shoot the X-Men: First Class sequel for Fox.

Simon Beaufoy has written the first draft of the script, though Ross was originally supposed to be tinkering with it himself, since he co-wrote the first film. We’ll have to wait and see how Lawrence decides to proceed.

So then… What do you think of Francis Lawrence as the director of Catching Fire? Hot stuff or hot mess?


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RE: F*ck no!
L: Xolelwa Hunger Games was a boring slow paced mild action flick which was immensely over hyped. e should be making Constantine 2, not this crap. ed talent eah, because Constantine was sooo awesome!o be honest, I'm not really bothered about who directs Catching Fire - I'm sure it'll be entertaining all the same, the source material is strong. More

Posted by Super Hans at 17:09 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Could Go Either Way
L: HighwayJoe Hnh. I replied multiple times because the server kept giving me a orthought my comment hadn't posted. Apologies. hen that error shows up it generally means its been posted either way More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 16:11 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Could Go Either Way
Hnh. I replied multiple times because the server kept giving me a 501 Error, so I thought my comment hadn't posted. Apologies. More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:42 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

Could Go Either Way
It feels rather hit and miss, to be honest. From a purely Box Office point-of-view, he's never delivered a solid blockbuster. I don't recall fantastic reviews for 'Constantine,' 'I am Legend' or 'Water for Elephants.' Granted, the reviews focused on the actors, script, or source material... but the lack of massive success is what will be in the audience's mind. On the other hand, he directed the pilot for 'Touch,' which deals with an emotional, father/son relationship. This might actually win h More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:41 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

Could Go Either Way
It feels rather hit and miss, to be honest. From a purely Box Office point-of-view, he's never delivered a solid blockbuster. I don't recall fantastic reviews for 'Constantine,' 'I am Legend' or 'Water for Elephants.' Granted, the reviews focused on the actors, script, or source material... but the lack of massive success is what will be in the audience's mind. On the other hand, he directed the pilot for 'Touch,' which deals with an emotional, father/son relationship. This might actually win hi More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:40 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

Could Go Either Way
It feels rather hit and miss, to be honest. From a purely Box Office point-of-view, he's never delivered a solid blockbuster. I don't recall fantastic reviews for 'Constantine,' 'I am Legend' or 'Water for Elephants.' Granted, the reviews focused on the actors, script, or source material... but the lack of massive success is what will be in the audience's mind. On the other hand, he directed the pilot for 'Touch,' which deals with an emotional, father/son relationship. This might actually win hi More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:40 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

Could Go Either Way
It feels rather hit and miss, to be honest. From a purely Box Office point-of-view, he's never delivered a solid blockbuster. I don't recall fantastic reviews for 'Constantine,' 'I am Legend' or 'Water for Elephants.' Granted, the reviews focused on the actors, script, or source material... but the lack of massive success is what will be in the audience's mind. On the other hand, he directed the pilot for 'Touch,' which deals with an emotional, father/son relationship. This might actually win hi More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:40 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

Could Go Either Way
It feels rather hit and miss, to be honest. From a purely Box Office point-of-view, he's never delivered a solid blockbuster. I don't recall fantastic reviews for 'Constantine,' 'I am Legend' or 'Water for Elephants.' Granted, the reviews focused on the actors, script, or source material... but the lack of massive success is what will be in the audience's mind. On the other hand, he directed the pilot for 'Touch,' which deals with an emotional, father/son relationship. This might actually win hi More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 15:40 on 22 April 2012 | Report This Post

give him a chance
I am Legend was a wonderfully shot movie heavy on effects, The script that lacked a good second act was done as best as it could have been imo, I reckon he'll churn out a good film. More

Posted by dsysa06 at 20:16 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

he seems alright
the film was really good and no one seems to think a hyped film is amazing anyway so it will get critised no matter who directors it.This director also does seem able to handle emotional scenes which will be important as katniss and peetas relationships develop in the second book so i think hes an alright choice. More

Posted by emmaf at 16:17 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

oh sweet lord
please please no... More

Posted by Swedle at 10:56 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

Awful choice.
Especially since they were kicking around such names as Cronenberg and Cuaron as potential replacements. Constantine was mediocre, I Am Legend was a shameful CGI mess, and the less said for Water For Elephants the better. They may as well have went and hired Ratner. More

Posted by loafroaster at 10:40 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

Lawrence is a great director
But they could literally get any asshole to direct this - it would still make money. Still waiting on Lawrence to direct Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor he wanted to make a few years ago More

Posted by NeilIsKing at 10:01 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

F*ck no!
Hunger Games was a boring slow paced mild action flick which was immensely over hyped. Lawrence should be making Constantine 2, not this crap. Wasted talent More

Posted by Xolelwa at 09:02 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

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