Only yesterday were two new directors added to the candidates list for The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. We speculated that the addition of these two new directors probably meant that the initial three names, Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful) and David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence) were out of the running.
Sure enough, THR is reporting that Francis Lawrence has landed the directing gig. Of the names that were being considered, Lawrence seemed like the logical choice, given his experience with the post-apocalyptic Will smith movie I Am Legend as well as the more recent Robert Pattinson-Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants, a film adaptation of author Sara Gruen's best-selling novel. Lawrence's only other feature film experience comes in the form of the 2005 Keanu Reeves film Constantine. Aside from that, he's got a slew of music videos and TV series under his belt.
Lawrence will be under the gun as Catching Fire has already been locked in for a November 22, 2013 release. Also coming into play will be Jennifer Lawrence's schedule. Lawrence is slated to being filming The X-Men First Class sequel in January. Fox, which is producing the X-Men sequel, has an option on the actress which takes precedence over her Lionsgate commitment, which amounts to movie biz talk for if she's not done filming Catching Fire, too bad.
Do you like the selection of Lawrence as director? Based on his previous work, do you think Lawrence can do a good job?