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Francis Lawrence has been chosen to direct Catching Fire

Apr. 19, 2012by: Niki Stephens

I knew it!

Sorry guys, looks like Alfonso Cuaron will not be the one directing THE HUNGER GAMES sequel, CATCHING FIRE.

Francis Lawrence is the chosen one.

The other day, I shared a shortlist of directors that Lionsgate had in mind for the second installment. After Juan Antonio Bayona had to turn the film down, it was between Lawrence and MONEYBALL director Bennett Miller.

Miller was interested, but wanted to do FOXCATCHER starring Steve Carell first. The studio couldn't deal with that since they want to start production in August. This was the biggest reason that Gary Ross left the flick because he didn't want to rush it. Then all that was left was Lawrence. Not that he was the last pick, but they know he can get it done before Jennifer Lawrence goes off for the sequel to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

Is this the right choice?

Source: Deadline

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10:18PM on 04/19/2012
I think Lawrence is a great director! I am fine with this!
I think Lawrence is a great director! I am fine with this!
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10:25PM on 04/19/2012
The scripts for Constantine and I am Legend may have been lacking, but Francis Lawrence's direction has always impressed me. I think the franchise is in good hands.
The scripts for Constantine and I am Legend may have been lacking, but Francis Lawrence's direction has always impressed me. I think the franchise is in good hands.
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10:53PM on 04/19/2012
The most boring, least inspired choice of everyone listed. Yay.
The most boring, least inspired choice of everyone listed. Yay.
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11:04PM on 04/19/2012
i'm happy with this choice.
i'm happy with this choice.
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12:51AM on 04/20/2012
I think with directors who have done as little as this guy has, some of their past work should be listed. Someone with some interesting films to their name wouldve been nice
I think with directors who have done as little as this guy has, some of their past work should be listed. Someone with some interesting films to their name wouldve been nice
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4:49AM on 04/20/2012
Not looking for a vet, looking for someone who has done something Ive enjoyed
Not looking for a vet, looking for someone who has done something Ive enjoyed
4:38AM on 04/20/2012
ya don't need a vet director for this series period, its a solid & respectable choice thats all
ya don't need a vet director for this series period, its a solid & respectable choice thats all
1:48AM on 04/20/2012
as long as they get Mike Patton to do sound effects again I am stoked!
as long as they get Mike Patton to do sound effects again I am stoked!
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4:35AM on 04/20/2012
cool not a bad choice actually, I liked Constantine alot & yes I like I Am Legend also, nice fit for this series as I thought Catching Fire was much more violent than the first book
cool not a bad choice actually, I liked Constantine alot & yes I like I Am Legend also, nice fit for this series as I thought Catching Fire was much more violent than the first book
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6:22AM on 04/20/2012
He'll do.
As long as he stays away from CGI characters which was the main thing that hurt both I Am Legend and Constantine.
He'll do.
As long as he stays away from CGI characters which was the main thing that hurt both I Am Legend and Constantine.
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7:12AM on 04/20/2012
I'm ok with this. I was ok with pretty much anybody they were going after. Lionsgate decided to take the property seriously and that's the most important thing. Everything else follows from that decision.
I'm ok with this. I was ok with pretty much anybody they were going after. Lionsgate decided to take the property seriously and that's the most important thing. Everything else follows from that decision.
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8:51AM on 04/20/2012
I'm glad I won't have to wait for Miller to get on Foxcatcher.
I'm glad I won't have to wait for Miller to get on Foxcatcher.
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8:57AM on 04/20/2012
Woah. For a moment there I thought I was looking at a picture of Bradley Cooper, 20years from now.
Woah. For a moment there I thought I was looking at a picture of Bradley Cooper, 20years from now.
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9:28AM on 04/20/2012
He's a great director and he did an admirable job with I AM LEGEND despite the CGI characters.
He's a great director and he did an admirable job with I AM LEGEND despite the CGI characters.
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5:43AM on 04/21/2012
Kings was actually a really good show that didnt catch on. Im happy with this choice.
Kings was actually a really good show that didnt catch on. Im happy with this choice.
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