Could David Cronenberg Direct The Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire?

Lionsgate has a shortlist of directors to replace departing “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross for the sequel “Catching Fire”. That sounds reasonable. After all, “The Hunger Games” is making a bazillion dollars, so of course they want to get cracking on the follow up post haste. They have an eye on starting production by August. What does stand out about this news is one of the names on this list: David Cronenberg. Is it just me, or does that sound like a strange choice? Other prominent names up for the gig include Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, among others.

High on Lionsgate’s list priorities is to find a director with a big enough name and impressive enough résumé to appease author Suzanne Collins, “who is much more interested in quality filmmaking than box-office prowess.” I imagine any of these three men would fit the bill. All three of them have had both monetary and critical success. Both Cronenberg and Cuaron have experience translating works of fiction for the big screen—“A History of Violence” and “A Dangerous Method” for Cronenberg; “Great Expectations”, “A Little Princess”, and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” for Cuaron.

Cronenberg has been offered all manner of big movies before, like “Top Gun”, but is more known for his work outside of the mainstream. His work, as well as Inarritu’s, tends toward the darker, heavier fare than “The Hunger Games” (even though the idea of an oppressive regime exerting its power by making children fight to the death is substantially dark). Both “Eastern Promises” and “Amores Perros” get seriously brutal.

If I had to guess, Cuaron seems the most likely out of these three. “Prisoner of Azkaban” gave him experience making movies for the same young adult audience as “The Hunger Games” aims at (as well as taking over in the middle of a blockbuster franchise). With movies like “Children of Men” you can tell he has a handle on the dystopian nature that permeates “Catching Fire”. Even in “Y Tu Mama Tambien” a subtle undercurrent of civil unrest inhabits the film, and that is right in line thematically with the middle installment of Collins’ trilogy.

Like I said, that’s just my gut reaction and rampant speculation. And it is a well-established fact that I know absolutely nothing. Even though Cuaron might appear to be best suited to direct “The Hunger Games” sequel on paper, I can’t help but wonder what the hell a Cronenberg-directed adaptation of “Catching Fire” would look like. That could be something to behold indeed. Collins does put her characters in tough, tough spots, and a guy like Cronenberg could turn up the pressure in interesting ways and wreak all sorts of havoc. He’s not above being sadistic to his characters physically and emotionally.

What are your thoughts? Do you like any of these directors, or would you rather see someone else take on “Catching Fire”? Apparently Lionsgate’s list is eight names long, so it is more than just these three in the running.

Via : 24 Frames