Lionsgate selected director Francis Lawrence to take the helm of â€œCatching Fire.â€ The offer was pitched to him yesterday and he will replace â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ director Gary Ross.
Lawrence directed films like â€œI Am Legendâ€ and â€œConstantine.â€ His recent film was with the romantic film â€œWater for Elephantsâ€ last year that starred Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
Other directors named on the shortlist or rumored included Tomas Alfredson (â€œTinker Tailor Soldier Spyâ€), Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (â€œBabelâ€), Cary Fukunaga (â€œJan Eyreâ€), Duncan Jones (â€œSource Codeâ€), Bennett Miller (â€œMoneyballâ€) and Alfonso Cuaron (â€œChildren of Menâ€).
The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Lawrence was selected was possibly due to â€œhis open schedule.â€ The trade site also mentioned that the director will need to rewrite the script with the scribe Simon Beaufoy (â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€) or possibly hire new scribes before production to begin.
And the clock is ticking since its main star Jennifer Lawrence will begin shooting Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s â€œX-Men: First Classâ€ in January. So the production on â€œCatching Fireâ€ needs to begin this fall.
â€œCatching Fireâ€ is slated for theater release on November 22 next year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter