Catching Fire Officially To Be Directed By Francis Lawrence, For Real This Time

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Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence

Obviously, things are complicated in Hollywood when you’re handing a super-successful movie franchise over to a new director. We get that. Still, when we saw Lionsgate’s press release announcing the Francis Lawrence would be directing the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, we scratched our heads a bit. This news was all but confirmed two weeks ago! You have to start filming VERY SOON! What have you been waiting for? CAST FINNICK ALREADY!

Err… Sorry about that little outburst. I mean, if we’re feeling anxious about this, imagine how poor Francis Lawrence feels. Well, officially, he’s feeling pretty good. Here’s what he said in the press release: “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.”

And here’s what producer Nina Jacobson had to say about him: “From my first conversation with Francis, I knew he would make a great partner for both me and Suzanne. His passion for Catching Fire and inspired ideas for a faithful adaptation make him the perfect director for this movie. I know this will be a wonderful collaboration and I cannot wait to get started.”

We can’t wait either. Now get to work! (The releases says production begins “this fall” and the movie release date is still November 22, 2013.)

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