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Cast This: Who should direct the next Hunger Games film, Catching Fire?

Apr. 10, 2012by: Niki Stephens

For this edition of Cast This, instead of trying to find an actor to play a certain role, we are going to find a director for a certain sequel.

The sequel in question would be the one to THE HUNGER GAMES-- CATCHING FIRE. Right now, there's this ping pong talk about whether Gary Ross will be signing on again to helm. First, it comes out that Ross won't be doing it because he wants more cash. Then, it's reported that all that "wanting more money" business is untrue. The sequel is set to start this fall, so Lionsgate needs to get someone in the director's chair quick.

The pace of CATCHING FIRE follows closely with that of THE HUNGER GAMES. We enter into the 75th games, there's more romance, and definitely some increased tension. Whoever takes on this task should want to appease fans of the series as well as those who are new to it.

While Ross did a seemingly okay job with the first film, a replacement may not be too big of a deal. This opinion may vary. I've heard several fans of the series say that Ross did a perfect job capturing the contents of the book. Then there's the other camp that says anyone else could easily helm the next film. Ross has had a big hand in working on the sequel, so why wouldn't he just go ahead and come back? If he doesn't, someone else needs to be found. So what say you? Who do we get to direct CATCHING FIRE?

RESULTS FOR CAST THIS: VENOM/EDDIE BROCK:

1. Tom Hardy 2. Brock Lesnar 3. Jon Bernthal

Hands down, I love the idea of Jon Bernthal. I think that he's shown through his performance as Shane on THE WALKING DEAD that he can balance two sides perfectly. Tom Hardy was sort of a gimme in my opinion since the guy can get pretty jacked (as seen in BRONSON) and he's got great acting chops. Brock Lesnar was sort of an obvious due to the fact that he's insanely jacked. However, he probably couldn't act his way out of a paper bag.

Extra Tidbit: On the last column, Jennifer Love Hewitt was suggested to play Venom. Venom with boobs? Is it time to call on She-Venom? Nope. I'll pass.
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2:48AM on 04/10/2012

Joe Wright

Based on Hannah, I'd say he's the perfect choice.
Based on Hannah, I'd say he's the perfect choice.
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10:58AM on 04/10/2012
Perfect only if you want despicable characters that you can't root for doing terrible things throughout.
Perfect only if you want despicable characters that you can't root for doing terrible things throughout.
2:00AM on 04/10/2012

Alfonso Cuaron

He made the best Potter film, Prisoner Of Azkaban, and his style was great in it. He definitely knows how to turn a book into a great movie.....I'm not saying the books aren't great. I just haven't read any Hunger Games or Potters. ☺
He made the best Potter film, Prisoner Of Azkaban, and his style was great in it. He definitely knows how to turn a book into a great movie.....I'm not saying the books aren't great. I just haven't read any Hunger Games or Potters. ☺
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3:26AM on 04/10/2012
hes too good for the series
hes too good for the series
1:01AM on 04/10/2012
Alfonso Cuaron - proven at both character-driven dystopian Sci-Fi (Children of Men) & franchise book adaptations (Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, my favorite of the Potter films I've seen.) Can really bring the action and knows how to bring strong female heroines to the screen.
Alfonso Cuaron - proven at both character-driven dystopian Sci-Fi (Children of Men) & franchise book adaptations (Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, my favorite of the Potter films I've seen.) Can really bring the action and knows how to bring strong female heroines to the screen.
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10:31PM on 04/10/2012
Brock Lesnar. Because that makes just as much sense as picking him to play Venom.
Brock Lesnar. Because that makes just as much sense as picking him to play Venom.
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11:38AM on 04/10/2012

Philip Noyce.

Because he's a really good thinking man's action director (Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, Salt, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Bone Collector etc). And he's very underrated.

Otherwise I'm going with John Woo, too, because as morix so perfectly said, why the hell not??
Because he's a really good thinking man's action director (Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, Salt, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Bone Collector etc). And he's very underrated.

Otherwise I'm going with John Woo, too, because as morix so perfectly said, why the hell not??
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7:50AM on 04/10/2012

Joe Cornish

Considering what he did with Attack the Block, he'd be killer with Catching Fire. Just as good at pulling great performances as Gary Ross, and a lot better at directing action scenes. He also co-wrote the Tintin script.
Considering what he did with Attack the Block, he'd be killer with Catching Fire. Just as good at pulling great performances as Gary Ross, and a lot better at directing action scenes. He also co-wrote the Tintin script.
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10:16AM on 04/10/2012

Joe Wright

Because of Hanna (his other films are good too), but as a fan of Hanna I think his take on Catching Fire could be interesting and a hell of a lot better than the rushed, straight-forward adaptation we got from Ross.
Because of Hanna (his other films are good too), but as a fan of Hanna I think his take on Catching Fire could be interesting and a hell of a lot better than the rushed, straight-forward adaptation we got from Ross.
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4:16AM on 04/10/2012

Alfonso Cuaron

I'm gonna have to go with Alfonso Cuaron...he did such a great job with the 3rd Harry Potter.
I'm gonna have to go with Alfonso Cuaron...he did such a great job with the 3rd Harry Potter.
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1:36AM on 04/10/2012
Joe Wright..I can't think of anyone more perfect.
Joe Wright..I can't think of anyone more perfect.
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1:04AM on 04/10/2012
As for Venom, I kind of like Bernthal too. While the show stretched Shane's character a little too thin, Bernthal really handled that steady descent into madness, and always looked like a badass with that shotgun.
As for Venom, I kind of like Bernthal too. While the show stretched Shane's character a little too thin, Bernthal really handled that steady descent into madness, and always looked like a badass with that shotgun.
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11:57AM on 04/10/2012
DANNY BOYLE for Catching Fire.
DANNY BOYLE for Catching Fire.
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11:04AM on 04/10/2012
What's with all the hate this series is getting? It's actually quite good, and I am willing to bet most of the haters never read (or at least finished) all the books.

Anyways, if Ross doesn't return (which he should) my vote goes to Leonardo Ricagni, whose '29 Palms' is fantastic.
What's with all the hate this series is getting? It's actually quite good, and I am willing to bet most of the haters never read (or at least finished) all the books.

Anyways, if Ross doesn't return (which he should) my vote goes to Leonardo Ricagni, whose '29 Palms' is fantastic.
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3:54PM on 04/10/2012
1. Its the cool thing to hate something thats so popular rt now.

2. These books & movies are always compared to twilight so yep they hate it. Why the comparisons idk.
1. Its the cool thing to hate something thats so popular rt now.

2. These books & movies are always compared to twilight so yep they hate it. Why the comparisons idk.
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6:31AM on 04/10/2012
John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road). Gritty, realistic and morally complex. That's what the first film was and that's what Hillcoat is all about. He can take the series to the next level and have it continue to be taken seriously.
John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road). Gritty, realistic and morally complex. That's what the first film was and that's what Hillcoat is all about. He can take the series to the next level and have it continue to be taken seriously.
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1:56PM on 04/13/2012
How about David Yates? He did a decent job on most of the Harry Potter movies.
How about David Yates? He did a decent job on most of the Harry Potter movies.
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11:22PM on 04/11/2012
Ben Affleck.

Would love to see him take on a Blockbuster and think he has the chops to do a fine job if offered.
Ben Affleck.

Would love to see him take on a Blockbuster and think he has the chops to do a fine job if offered.
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1:36PM on 04/11/2012
Lots of good directors they could go with. Nimrod Antal, Danny Boyle, Alphonso Cuaron, Kathryn Bigelow. These are all choices I could get behind.
Lots of good directors they could go with. Nimrod Antal, Danny Boyle, Alphonso Cuaron, Kathryn Bigelow. These are all choices I could get behind.
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1:39PM on 04/10/2012
Savage Steve Holland is the only logical choice.
Savage Steve Holland is the only logical choice.
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3:48PM on 04/10/2012
wow ya went old school there my friend, half the people here will say who the hell is that? I'll give ya thumbs up just for this lol
wow ya went old school there my friend, half the people here will say who the hell is that? I'll give ya thumbs up just for this lol
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9:44AM on 04/10/2012
John Woo, because why the hell not?
John Woo, because why the hell not?
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10:50AM on 04/10/2012
Marc Forster.
Marc Forster.
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7:41AM on 04/10/2012

meh

Just give it to Zack Snyder and get it over with.
Just give it to Zack Snyder and get it over with.
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3:45AM on 04/10/2012
Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell or David Yates, yes I know I just named every director of the Potter movies but they can handle a major franchise & characters also.
Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell or David Yates, yes I know I just named every director of the Potter movies but they can handle a major franchise & characters also.
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3:55AM on 04/10/2012

Katniss, a star is Bourne

I'll go with Paul Greengrass. I love his Bourne flicks.
I'll go with Paul Greengrass. I love his Bourne flicks.
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5:20AM on 04/10/2012

Eli Roth

Cuaron is above this, taking on this series would be a step back for him. Hell he was too good for Harry Potter and thats way better than this. No way would I want to see him doing a film in this series, he can do so much better.

Its gonna be a good young director without a long track record who needs this to get the clout to do what he really wants. Matt Reeves maybe or if they really wanna make things interesting Eli Roth.
Cuaron is above this, taking on this series would be a step back for him. Hell he was too good for Harry Potter and thats way better than this. No way would I want to see him doing a film in this series, he can do so much better.

Its gonna be a good young director without a long track record who needs this to get the clout to do what he really wants. Matt Reeves maybe or if they really wanna make things interesting Eli Roth.
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1:43AM on 04/10/2012

Louis Leterrier

He's a director for hire of the worst kind. Flat, uninspired and derivative.

Perfect for The Hunger Games.
He's a director for hire of the worst kind. Flat, uninspired and derivative.

Perfect for The Hunger Games.
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