The Hunger Games highly anticipated sequel, Catching Fire, may have a new director. For those who still don't know why the movie needs one, it's because the original director, Gary Ross, backed out.
The consummate professional, Ross wasn't willing to slap together a piece of work just to get it done in time for leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, to make another film. He wanted to do the job right. However, Lionsgate Studios, who produced the first movie, is demanding the project be hurried. It seems they are more concerned about capitalizing on the popularity of the first film than they are about producing a good movie. Consequently, Ross bolted quickly.
Rumor has it, the studio then approached director Bennett Miller of Moneyball fame. He also turned the project down expressing some of the same concerns as Ross.
Now it looks as if Francis Lawrence might accept the director's hat. He's not a bad choice having produced something similarly dark and gritty in Will Smith's I Am Legend. Still, the question remains: Can any director produce a quality film within such a tight schedule? The film must be shot between August and December of 2012.
Fans of the Hunger Games trilogy worry the answer is "no". After the huge success of the first film, which followed the book closely, they don't want see the second movie fail. Sadly, it seems that could happen no matter who takes the helm at this point. That would be sad for legions of fans all over the world.
What do you think? Is Lawrence a good choice? Can he create a quality film in such a short span of time? Weigh in below.