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Mockingjay Films To Be Directed By Catching Fire Helmer Francis Lawrence

Mockingjay, the final part of the Hunger Games, will be two films directed by Francis Lawrence

We haven’t heard a whole lot of news updates coming out of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire shoot going on in Atlanta — the few pictures we’ve seen do look appropriately awesome, though — but it must be going well. Well enough that Lionsgate has opted not to go the Twilight/Harry Potter route of having a different director for almost each installment. Deadline reports today that Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence will be directing the adaptation of Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian trilogy. As had been previously announced, that third book will be divided into two movies, slated for release in November 2014 and 2015. That’s quite the vote of confidence, and it’s making us all the more excited for a peek at Catching Fire.

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Related: Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence: 5 Signs He’ll Do Right By Hunger Games Sequel

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

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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Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence: 5 Signs He’ll Do Right By Hunger Games Sequel

We’re not completely recovered from the loss of Gary Ross as director of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, due to scheduling constraints (they say). But last night we learned that Lionsgate has decided to hand the reins over to Francis Lawrence, the director of Water for Elephants and I Am Legend, and we are starting to calm down a little bit. No, he doesn’t have the Oscar-nominee pedigree as Ross. And none of his movies have received the kind of critical raves that Ross’ Seabiscuit and Pleasantville did. But his resume, which also includes a ton of amazing music videos (for everyone from Aerosmith to Justin Timberlake to Lady Gaga), contains some solid reassurance that he’ll be able to hold his own with Catching Fire.

1. He can do post-apocalyptic settings. See: I Am Legend.

2. He can do strong ladies wearing amazing costumes in post-apocalyptic settings. See: Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls).”
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Review: Why We Loved Water For Elephants, But Were Left Wanting More

[Disclaimer: Kate Spencer is not a professional movie critic. She is a comedian and blogger whose favorite movie is Sixteen Candles and who cries every time she watches 10 Things I Hate About You. Now that that's out of the way...]

Let’s just start with this, because we know it’s what most of you are wondering: Yes, Robert Pattinson is good in this movie. The actor hasn’t had many opportunities to show off what he can do on the big screen, as he’s basically been limited to playing a needy vampire for the past three years. Sure, there was Remember Me, but that was an over-dramatic mess that is best left off of Rob’s resume. Finally, in Water for Elephants, we see a different side of what Rob can do; his portrayal of the young Jacob Jankowski is sensitive, emotional and tender. He is most at ease in the scenes with Rosie the elephant, and their chemistry is the best of the film. Rob’s biggest hurdle as an actor may just be that the camera LOVES him. Like, “I wanna make love in this club,” loves him. His face was made to be plastered on a gigantic screen (well done, Dick and Clare), which can be both a blessing and a curse for actors. This could be why the poor guy seems to be held to an almost impossible standard by many critics. And while his work in WFE is certainly not Oscar-caliber, it does prove that Rob deserves to be taken seriously as an actor and not just as Edward Cullen – a skin he should be allowed to shed.

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Water For Elephants Director Offers To Shoot Robert Pattinson’s First Music Video

Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence is a music video director of iconic proportions (he’s also our new #1 DILF). His resume is massive and includes Britney Spears‘ “I’m A Slave 4 U” and “Circus,” Justin Timberlake‘s “Rock Your Body” and “Cry Me a River” and Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance.” He also directed I Am Legend, which could be the name of his autobiography. Naturally we wanted to know if he’d be interested in turning one of Robert Pattinson‘s songs into a music video. He’s game — but for a price! His very sweet answer is above.

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