Ever since the news came out that Gary Ross would not return to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, fans have been speculating about who would take over the franchise. The L.A. Times heard about a few possible candidates, and now The Playlist has updated that list with a few names of their own. Check out the potential directors below.
First off, The L.A. Times heard that David Cronenberg (The Fly), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) were up for the job. It seems unlikely that Cronenberg would take on such a mainstream property like this, since the director has built his career on pushing the envelope and subverting audience expectations; I doubt he’d be interested in something so straightforward. I feel like Inarritu’s past work is a bit too cerebral for this franchise, so that leave Cuaron as the obvious choice, especially considering his work on another hugely successful book-to-movie franchise: he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
But now The Playlist has added two more names to the mix: Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). Miller has another movie in play called Foxcatcher with Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell, so that could end up being a problem with scheduling. But Lawrence, who is the clear choice in my mind, apparently has an open schedule and could start working on this highly-anticipated sequel as soon as possible. I Am Legend shares a lot of basic elements (visual effects, action, emotion) with the Hunger Games series, and since Lawrence has only worked on one movie since the Will Smith starrer back in 2007, he might posses the same creative fire that drove Ross – who hadn’t directed a movie in ten years – to box office records with the original film.
Either way, Lionsgate has a quick decision to make if they want to remain true to Catching Fire’s November 22nd, 2013 planned release date. Who would you like to see direct it?