Posts Tagged ‘Catching Fire’

Catching Fire may have some signifigant changes in the script writing department coming. New director, Francis Lawrence and the studio is in talks with Michael Arndt to re-write the script for “Catching Fire.”

We know he has talent. He earned an Oscar for his previous work “Little Miss Sunshine” and penned Toy Story 3. But even with his credentials we have to wonder if this is a smart move. With the plans for a late Summer production schedule would there be enough time to do this. Simon Beaufoy has already written the initial drafts of the script for the second installment of Suzanne Collin’s bestselling novels. Do you think this is a smart move?

Source: Hunger Games Indonesia

Francis Lawrence, best known for his work in I Am Legend has been formally offered the role of director for Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

There were plenty of great contenders on the list like Miller and Inarritu, but in the end he fit the bill(and Lionsgate’s fall production schedule) the best. Water for Elephants was a great book to film adaptation. We’ve seen him work drama, action, and sci-fi. I think he’ll be a great fit.

Personally, the fact that he’s done work that I’ve enjoyed, including Constantine and I Am Legend, makes me feel good about this decision. He has experience with the genre. I just hope the fandom stays positive and realize this can take the franchise to new heights.

How do you feel about him?

(Sources: IMDB and Movies.com)

Most fans were pleased when director Gary Ross made it clear anybody from the Twilight Saga wouldn’t be involved in his adaptation of The Hunger Games. But with Gary gone could the casting net end up being cast a little wider? Kellan Lutz, known for his role as Emmet in Twilight, made these remarks recently:

“I love the script, I love the movie, everything about it!” Lutz gushed to us last night at Us Weekly‘s Hot Hollywood bash at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood.

Lutz said he’s “always been” a fan of the franchise. “I got hooked reading all those books,” he said. “I remember before they ever started making a movie, I was like, “I would love to be a part of this!'”

Maybe Lutz could snag a part alongside Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire? “That’d be really special,” he smiled.

Our question is who would he even play? Because he ain’t no Finnick.

(Source: E! Online)

LA Times previously reported that David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are being eyed by Lionsgate to direct the Hunger Games sequel. Now we have a few more names to add to this “short list” of possible directors for Catching Fire. (Which if we keep adding names at this rate it won’t be a shortlist much longer)

Two names are now added to the potential list of Catching Fire directors. According to Playlist Bennet Miller and Francis Lawrence are being considered for the job, and that  ’some conversations with them have already begun’.

Bennet Miller directed Moneyball and Capote. Francis Lawrence’ works include Constantine, I Am Legend  and Water for Elephants.

Honestly our staff isn’t sure about Bennet Miller. I haven’t seen anything he’s directed so it’s difficult for me to form an opinion. Francis Lawrence on the other hand I love. He his my favorite name on the “short list” as of now. The style of I Am Legend would go perfectly with the dark indie feel that was set up in the first Hunger Games Film. 

I just wish Lionsgate would make an official announcement so we can stop the wondering already.

(Sources: Hunger Games Trilogy and Indiewire)

If Catching Fire is going to be as good(hopefully better) then the first Hunger Games film, Lionsgate will have to find a director who can pull out all the stops. Nobody can replace Gary Ross in our hearts, but we have to take a positive look towards the future. The mourning period for Gary is over and we the film is less six hundred days away as of this post. So they need to get things together if they want to start filming in August. An anonymous source with access to the list(who isn’t allowed to speak on record) gave us a glimpse of some of the names Lionsgate might be considering.

Cronenberg:

Cronenberg has frequently been offered big commercial gigs over the years, including “Return of the Jedi,” “Top Gun,” and “RoboCop,” only to turn them down for arty, independently produced work, often in the horror genre. Though Cronenberg’s best-known film is still 1986′s “The Fly,” the Canadian director has been making movies for decades, with his most recent work, the adaptation of Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis” starring Robert Pattinson, likely to debut in Cannes next month.

Inarritu:

For Inarritu, joining “Catching Fire” would mark a reunion with his producer from the Academy Award-nominated film “Babel” Jon Kilik, who is producing the “Hunger Game” series along with Nina Jacobson. While “Catching Fire” deals with the heavy themes of rebellion and children-on-children violence, it is still significantly lighter than Inarritu’s most recent work, “Biutiful,” the Javier Bardem-starrer that  chronicled a dying man’s attempts to make amends.

Cuaron:

Cuaron entered the blockbuster genre with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in 2004, but  despite great reviews didn’t stick with the boy wizard beyond the one film. Rather, he took on ambitious fare within the studio system, including Universal Pictures’ “Children of Men.” The Mexican director recently finished production on “Gravity” for Warner Bros. The film, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is about a lone survivor of a space mission trying desperately to return to Earth to reunite with his family.

Sources: LA Times and katnissthereisnodistrict12 @ Tumblr

Like the people on the list? Or would you pick someone else?

There’s been talk about Gary Ross leaving for over a week now. Yet with all the fan support and the way everyone was talking we just couldn’t fathom that the negotiations were more then a speed bump in the road to Catching Fire.

Now we have an official word saying “it’s over” from both Lionsgate and Gary Ross himself.

Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production…

We think Peetatoast on Tumblr summed up fans reactions best:

He left because he didn’t want to let us and himself down, as fans. He doesn’t think he can make this movie in such a short window they are forcing him to have. He left because he cares about us. What an incredible man. It breaks my heart.

Nobody can replace Gary, but somebody has to take the reins. But who?

Our votes are split between Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker) and Neill Blomkamp (District 9). No matter who takes over though I feel we(as a fandom) should trust them until they give us a reason to think otherwise.

Poor Caesar, with all the tributes and victors gone he has nobody else to interview. Posted by joeheg14 on Youtube!