Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire

April 22, 2012 by staff 

Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire, “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” will likely be directed by Francis Lawrence, a filmmaker whose résumé includes the big-budget event film “I Am Legend” and the intimate drama “Water for Elephants,” a person close to the production but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed Thursday. According to that person, the studio has yet to close the deal.

Independent studio Lionsgate offered Lawrence the job on Thursday, little more than a week after “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross departed in a dispute over financial terms and the amount of time he would have had to prepare to make the sequel, which starts production in August and will hit theaters in November 2013.

Lionsgate considered a number of directors for the job, including Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Tony Scott (“Unstoppable”) and Stephen Daldry (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”). By Wednesday, the negotiations were down to Lawrence and Bennett Miller, the Oscar-nominated director of “Moneyball” and “Capote.”

Lawrence had been considered the leading candidate, however, because his schedule was open; Miller was supposed to begin shooting another movie, “Foxcatcher,” this fall.

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