It has been confirmed by EW and Variety that Francis Lawrence has been offered the job to direct the Hunger Games sequel. MTV gives us five reasons why he’s the right choice for the Catching Fire gig!
He Can Do Action
One of the major complaints about Ross’ direction of “The Hunger Games” was that he lacked experience shooting action sequences and it showed. If Lionsgate had to find a new director for the series’ second entry, choosing one who has more experience with higher-intensity scenes does makes sense. Though Lawrence’s name does not come with the prestige of the other directors on the shortlist, he has the most experience of any of them with directing a big-budget action film.
He’s Relatively Inexpensive
Early rumors of Ross’ exit had pegged money as the main stumbling block when trying to recruit the director for the second film. We know that Ross made most of his money from “The Hunger Games” on the back end, taking a much lower fee upfront. Lionsgate was reportedly looking to not spend a ton of money on the director for “Catching Fire,” and the up-and-coming directors filling out the shortlist more or less confirms that. What makes Lawrence different is that he has the mainstream success that the other independent film directors do not, but he’s probably just as willing to work for Lionsgate’s lowered fees.
He Knows the Tone
Lawrence’s first two films take place in worlds based largely in a reality not far from our own, but ones that add in fantastical elements. In “I Am Legend,” Will Smith’s character lives in (near) solitude in a post-zombie-vampire outbreak Manhattan, where he hunts the wild animals that now populate the city. Lawrence has established he can make a film set in a world vaguely resembling our own, so it’s not hard to imagine Lawrence being able to make the leap to Panem.
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