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After a whirlwind campaign in the aftermath of Gary Ross bailing from the “Hunger Games” franchise after the first movie, Lionsgate didn’t waste anytime looking for a man to replace him. After considering everyone from Bennett Miller to David Cronenberg (David Friggin’ Cronenberg!), the studio has now settled on Francis Lawrence, director of “I am Legend” and “Constantine”.
That is, if Lawrence wants the gig.
I don’t see why he wouldn’t want the gig, though, being that he and all the other directors in contention for the sequel put their name into the hat voluntarily. (Unless, of course, their agents did it without their knowing, which is doubtful.) But word is, Lionsgate has offered the job to Lawrence, though nothing is official yet.
Yeah, I don’t see how/why he could/would turn it down. It’s not like Lawrence has anything more urgent going on at the moment. Why would you turn down directing the sequel to a movie that’s already made $500 million worldwide in just a month of release? The sequel should surpass that amount easily, and anyone at the helm of said sequel would get a serious boost in his career. Just ask Justin Lin.
Getting the sequel, “Catching Fire” into production is a high priority for Lionsgate, with star Jennifer Lawrence soon needed for Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” sequel for FOX. I’m surprised, though, that the trades are saying the studio hopes to have the sequel up and running by the end of Summer, with a November 22, 2013 release date already penciled in. No wonder Ross bailed. That’s not exactly a lot of time to prep. Then again, “Catching Fire” is mostly the same story as “The Hunger Games”, so they could easily just make use of the sets from the first film, thereby cutting down on prep time. They’ll need a new arena for the kids (and, er, gramps) to battle, though…
Via : Variety