Damn, it seems like Catching Fire has been all everyone's been talking about in the last few weeks. Then again, with the first film still raving theaters across the world and the next film set to begin shooting in the next few months, it's really no surprise. For the most part, most of the news has been about who would replace director Gary Ross for the sequel, Catching Fire. And it seems Lionsgate has finally made its choice: none other than I Am Legend and Constantine director Francis Lawrence.
Now first things first; things aren't ENTIRELY official regarding Lawrence's hiring. Lionsgate has sent out an "offer" for Francis Lawrence, which is Hollywood speak that illustrates the ball is basically in Lawrence's court. They want to hire him, and it's his call to take the job. But judging how he has no current projects in the works, has his summer relatively free, and will almost definitely see the financial potential of the franchise; I would be surprised if he doesn't take the job. Which is going to make it confusing for us here at TMP, because both the director and main actor will be sharing the same last name. I think I'll just call Jennifer Lawrence "J-Law" for efficiencies sake.
Francis Lawrence beat out six other directors for the gig: Alfonso Cuarón, David Cronenberg, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tomas Alfedson, Cary Fukunaga, and Duncan Jones. I will say, of all those people, Lawrence is the most uninteresting. That said, I legitimately loved I Am Legend until the last 20 minutes or so and, even then, the problems there were mostly script related. So yeah, Lawrence isn't the most exciting choice but, like I said last time...he's still better than Gary Ross.
But what do you think? Does Francis Lawrence have the talent to bring Catching Fire to life in the best way possible? Or would you have preferred one of the other six directors? Sound off in the comments.
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