- CATCHING FIRE
|Director Francis Lawrence will helm Catching Fire|
It looks like Francis Lawrence will have the honor of competing in The Hunger Games. The Hollywood Reporter says that Lawrence, best known for I Am Legend, has officially signed on to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to the Hunger Games. The choice of Lawrence came about after a hectic two-week search for a new director, after Gary Ross decided to not return for the sequel to the smash hit.
Besides I Am Legend, Lawrence also directed Constantine and Water for Elephants.
Catching Fire will go into production this fall for a November 2013 release. Ross said his main reason for departing the project was feeling he didn't have enough time to develop the film, which not only has the release date factoring in, but also the need for production to finish by the end of 2012, to accommodate star Jennifer Lawrence beginning work on the sequel to X-Men: First Class.