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Lionsgate lets loose a wish list of top directors for Catching Fire

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After this past weekend's intensive back-and-forth, Gary Ross at last elected to not return for the sequel to the franchise he helped to jump start, leaving Lionsgate and the Thanksgiving 2013 release that is CATCHING FIRE without a director.

But while Lionsgate would like to find someone new to lead the planned August shoot as quickly as possible while Jennifer Lawrence is still available to film, they also need "to find a director with enough credits and accolades to appeal to [author Suzanne] Collins, who is much more interested in quality filmmaking than box-office prowess."  Which is something I wholly support, as does any sensible person really.  And which leads us to the wish list Lionsgate has compiled - while the list is "seven or eight names long," boy oh boy what a wishlist it is.  It certainly shows that, at least in theory, Lionsgate is serious about outdoing themselves this second time 'round. 

David Cronenberg with a lens

So drum roll please... the three names known thus far on Lionsgate's List are David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.  Cuaron has been suggested by many on this site, myself included, but either of the other two would make a fascinating film in their own right.  What we have here are three distinct directorial visions, none of which I"m confident could produce anything less than a stellar product even with the limited pre-production time.  

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in black and white

Alfonso Cuaron in black and white

 

This then begs the question: as the other names on the list are yet-unrevealed, give us your thoughts on why your pick of the above three should get the gig and/or hop on over to our most recent "Cast This" column and make your contribution there.

Extra Tidbit: I feel confident in saying that if Cronenberg had taken the job of directing RETURN OF THE JEDI when it was offered to him, we would live in a very different world in terms of both the Star Wars Saga and cinema itself.

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10:53PM on 04/15/2012
Really Cuaron seems way too good to be true. But maybe because he helped really shape the Harry Potter series, the studio would be willing to throw enough money at him? Cronenberg would never happen (imagine how crazy that would be lol). Inarritu would be pretty good I suppose. I like that they're aiming high though, their wishlist is a hell of a lot inspired then "F. Gary Gray/Russo Brothers/George Nofli".
Really Cuaron seems way too good to be true. But maybe because he helped really shape the Harry Potter series, the studio would be willing to throw enough money at him? Cronenberg would never happen (imagine how crazy that would be lol). Inarritu would be pretty good I suppose. I like that they're aiming high though, their wishlist is a hell of a lot inspired then "F. Gary Gray/Russo Brothers/George Nofli".
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8:19PM on 04/14/2012
Cronenberg's Jedi would probably actually SHOW Jabba...um..."making" Leia into a slave. He'd not wimp out from it - or at least from much more directly hinting at it. :p

What a thought for him to do THIS one, though...
Cronenberg's Jedi would probably actually SHOW Jabba...um..."making" Leia into a slave. He'd not wimp out from it - or at least from much more directly hinting at it. :p

What a thought for him to do THIS one, though...
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5:33AM on 04/14/2012
While Cuaron would be a decent choice, this is the kind of franchise where a big name director is not needed, better to get some up & comer cause well it will be cheaper & can probably get them to sign on for the rest of the series.

If no newcomers then get Tarsem Singh maybe cause his last 2 movies were so so but his visuals are still amazing or maybe Louis Leterrier who can direct action or even jaume collet-serra.
While Cuaron would be a decent choice, this is the kind of franchise where a big name director is not needed, better to get some up & comer cause well it will be cheaper & can probably get them to sign on for the rest of the series.

If no newcomers then get Tarsem Singh maybe cause his last 2 movies were so so but his visuals are still amazing or maybe Louis Leterrier who can direct action or even jaume collet-serra.
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10:14AM on 04/13/2012

I highly doubt any of these three would be interested

Cronenberg would never do a film like this. Inarittu seems like a really weird choice and I can't see him accepting the job either. Cuaron MIGHT but I still doubt it. The only way any of them goes for this is if they are looking for a big increase in exposure but I just don't see it happening.
Cronenberg would never do a film like this. Inarittu seems like a really weird choice and I can't see him accepting the job either. Cuaron MIGHT but I still doubt it. The only way any of them goes for this is if they are looking for a big increase in exposure but I just don't see it happening.
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9:51AM on 04/13/2012

Whoa

I never even considered Cronenberg, but that could be a great alternative if cuaron can't do it. also, someone mentioned Danny Boyle aswell. that could be a good choice also. This could be very interesting.
I never even considered Cronenberg, but that could be a great alternative if cuaron can't do it. also, someone mentioned Danny Boyle aswell. that could be a good choice also. This could be very interesting.
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9:17AM on 04/13/2012
Alfonso Cuaron would be the best choice, but having Croenenberg would also be great. I doubt he would do it though.
Alfonso Cuaron would be the best choice, but having Croenenberg would also be great. I doubt he would do it though.
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9:00AM on 04/13/2012
This is Lionsgate's chance to really make something out of this series.

A Cronenberg Hunger Games would be crazy awesome, but I'm still gonna say Joe Wright would be the best one to take it on.
This is Lionsgate's chance to really make something out of this series.

A Cronenberg Hunger Games would be crazy awesome, but I'm still gonna say Joe Wright would be the best one to take it on.
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8:51AM on 04/13/2012
I thought Gary Ross did an excellent job, but the thought of Cuaron doing this movie literally sends chills down my spine. I can't imagine that Cronenberg would want to work in a PG-13 world.

After acquiring Summit, this is Lionsgate's chance to join the big boys for good.
I thought Gary Ross did an excellent job, but the thought of Cuaron doing this movie literally sends chills down my spine. I can't imagine that Cronenberg would want to work in a PG-13 world.

After acquiring Summit, this is Lionsgate's chance to join the big boys for good.
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8:34AM on 04/13/2012

Cronenberg or Cuaron would do

amazing things with this franchise. I'm still holding out for Joe Cornish, though.
amazing things with this franchise. I'm still holding out for Joe Cornish, though.
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8:06AM on 04/13/2012
Films like A History of Violence prove Cronenberg could do something amazing with a franchise like The Hunger Games, but would he want to? Still, an interesting choice.
Films like A History of Violence prove Cronenberg could do something amazing with a franchise like The Hunger Games, but would he want to? Still, an interesting choice.
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7:48AM on 04/13/2012
They won't get Cronenberg, maybe Cuaron but Cronenberg will just turn it down.
They won't get Cronenberg, maybe Cuaron but Cronenberg will just turn it down.
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