Some Movie Breaking News: ‘Catching Fire’ Has a Director!

by on April 19, 2012

in Entertainment

'Catching Fire' breaking news

Deadline Hollywood broke the news that Lionsgate has hired Francis Lawrence to helm the directors chair for the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

It was apparently coming down to Lawrence or Bennett Miller (Moneyball), but Miller wanted the film scheduled pushed back so he could work on Foxcatcher.

But…

Jennifer Lawrence has to report to duty to film the sequel to X-Men First Class and Fox has contractual dibs on her.  So Lionsgate has to git the show on the road and start filming with Lawrence ASAP so her schedule doesn’t delay the Hunger Games franchise filming schedule.

'Catching Fire', 'The Hunger Games' movie sequel

So Francis Lawrence it is.

Lawrence’s resume includes Water for Elephants and a few other favorite films of mine, I Am Legend and Constantine.  He’s also been working on Fox’s Touch lately.

Now with that fire drill out of the way, it’s time to crack the whip and start that pre-production process on Catching Fire!

[ deadline.com  ]

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