‘The Hunger Games’ sequel extends offer to new director
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 08:04
Despite mind-blowing success, the director of "The Hunger Games," Gary Ross, announced April 10 that he will not be returning for the second installment of the series.
Francis Lawrence may replace Ross as director for the second movie, which will be based on the next book in the trilogy, "Catching Fire," and the offer was announced soon after the first movie made box office history.
Lawrence began his career directing music videos for stars such as Britney Spears and Aerosmith.
He then made a successful transition to the big screen, directing hits such as "Constantine," starring Keanu Reeves and "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith.
Bennett Miller, who directed "Moneyball," was also considered for the job before Lionsgate made their offer to Lawrence.
Despite rumors that there had been problems between Ross and Lionsgate, Ross chose not to direct the movie on his own terms.
"As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make," Ross said.
Fans of the incredibly popular young adult books don’t seem to be concerned about the possible directorial change.
"I had been really disappointed when Gary Ross left," said Sara Gundell, the "Hunger Games" Examiner and huge fan, in an interview with MTV News. "And knowing that Francis Lawrence was going to take over, it got me excited again about the franchise. Ia think he’s going to do really amazing things."
Cast members are also very anxious to begin work on "Catching Fire."
"Francis Lawrence is extremely talented," said Josh Hutcherson in an interview with E! Online. "I’ve heard he’s the nicest guy in the world. I’m really excited to see what he’s going to do with it."
Shooting of the movie is set to take place in the summer and fall of this year in order to allow time for co-star Jennifer Lawrence to begin filming "X-men: First Class" in January.
Lionsgate has announced a November 22, 2013, release date for "Catching Fire," which already has fans buzzing.
Fans and actors alike will certainly be excited should Lawrence assume the throne.