Following Gary Ross' exit from The Hunger Games franchise, the search is on for who will replace him in the first sequel, Catching Fire. Three directors were almost immediately mentioned as replacements; Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful) and David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence).
Now two more names have cropped up as potential replacements, suggesting perhaps that the three initial names aren't interested/unavailable to direct what is sure to be another mega-blockbuster.
Moneyball director Bennett Miller and I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence are the two directors being considered. Miller is coming off a strong performance with his Oscar-nominated baseball drama, though Lawrence seems to be the obvious fit here. His 2007 post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller starring Will Smith raked in a Hunger Games-esque $585 million worldwide.
Regardless of who gets the gig, a decision should be made very soon. Production is set to begin in a couple of months to avoid scheduling conflicts for star Jennifer Lawrence, who is set to film the X-Men: First Class sequel in January.
Who do you think should helm Catching Fire?