Not that this needs to be something to really look forward to or dread just yet, but as most everyone knows Francis Lawrence is currently in production on THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and the news today is that Lionsgate has already decided to give the directing gig for Parts 1 and 2 of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY to him as well. The news is a bit strange to me as since we have yet to see just how well Lawrence will do with CATCHING FIRE. It would appear the studio has great confidence in the director’s work so far so maybe that’s a sign we should be pretty excited for the sequel to the juggernaut that was the first HUNGER GAMES.
I really enjoyed the first film and Suzanne Collins’ second book in the trilogy happens to be my personal favorite so I anxiously await the film adaptation, but I’ve expressed my concerns with Lawrence at the helm after my disappointment with I AM LEGEND. Lawrence did however stage a visually striking film with the Will Smith headlined I AM LEGEND- my disappointment came in with the horrible CGI when it came to the “vampires/infected” people in the film. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE hits theaters November 22, 2013 while THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 & 2 are scheduled for release November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 respectively.
What do you think of Francis Lawrence staying on board to direct all remaining HUNGER GAMES sequels?