Lionsgate offers Hunger Games sequel to Francis Lawrence

I Am Legend helmer in the frame for Catching Fire

Catching Fire, the second instalment in the Hunger Games series, may soon have a new director in the shape of I Am Legend's Francis Lawrence.

In the wake of Gary Ross's abrupt departure, the studio has had to move quickly to find a replacement, with filming scheduled to begin in August ahead of a November 2013 release date.

Their list of candidates was apparently whittled down to a final pair, with Moneyballdirector Bennett Miller reportedly considered before an offer was made to Lawrence.

One of the factors behind that decision may well have been Miller's availability, given that he is currently prepping Steve Carell drama Foxcatcher ahead of a December start.

Should Lawrence accept the offer, he'll find himself thrown into a ludicrously tight production schedule, with filming having to start in a matter of months in order to ensure Jennifer Lawrence is able to shoot the X-Men: First Class sequel in January.

Time constraints were what eventually led Ross to step down from his position, with the director doubting his ability to live up to the first film under such tight margins. Let's hope Lawrence can pull it out of the bag, should he accept the opportunity…

Catching Fire opens in the UK on 22 November 2013.

Is Lawrence a good fit for the series? Tell us, below.


    • MikeyRix

      Apr 20th 2012, 16:01

      No, no nooo - "I Am Legend" was rubbish! On the other hand, haha, two Lawrences in a film (production and the actual film itself). I did have a weak chuckle at that, must say.

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    • FBLWilliam22

      Apr 20th 2012, 16:38

      I'll direct it...! :L

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 20th 2012, 18:14

      I am Legend was actually alright right up until those god awful CGI creatures appeared.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 20th 2012, 18:35

      Shia la Beouf as a five year old taxi driver in Constantine. 'nuff said.

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    • thedanieljson

      Apr 21st 2012, 19:51

      Until the half way mark, I Am Legend was good. The earlier scenes where Will Smith was slowly going insane were tense and distubing, and the director got a good performance out of him. The script was probably where the film fell down.. So here's hoping it'll be good!

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    • DanRose

      Apr 22nd 2012, 12:28

      I am Legend was good for a bit... Direction wasn't the problem... The awful CGI vampires absolutely killed it for me.

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