Francis Lawrence Confirmed To Direct 'The Hunger Games' Sequel
via Shock Till You Drop:
This has been kicking around as a rumor for a little while, but it's finally been confirmed: Francis Lawrence will take over directorial duties on The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.
Here's what Lawrence had to say:
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne's beloved trilogy, to the big screen. I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can't wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved."
Personally, I'm bummed. I haven't read the books, but I saw the movie--and I really liked it. While I wish Gary Ross had explored some of the themes a little more, it was a nice piece of sci-fi that showed a fair amount of restraint. I don't think there was a single info-dump to be had, and I still understood the entire dynamic of that world, which is something to be lauded.
Lawrence, on the other hand, took I Am Legend, an amazing book with a fantastic ending, and turned it into an extremely stupid movie. (Which, granted, that could have been partially the studio's fault because they did shoot an ending that wasn't completely idiotic, except they didn't use it. Also, those CGI monsters looked so stupid.)
So, I'm not holding my breath on the sequel.
What do you folks think? Am I being overly pessimistic?
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