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'Catching Fire' Director Francis Lawrence Will Also Helm Both 'Mockingjay' Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 1:17 PM
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When Gary Ross surprised many by exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise, Lionsgate was caught a bit adrift and began an intensive search to find a replacement. Francis Lawrence eventually nabbed the gig after a couple of harried weeks of rumor and speculation, and it seems everyone involved is very happy he's on board. Not only is he helming the currently shooting "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," it looks like he's going to see this series through right to the end.

'Toy Story 3' Writer Michael Arndt In Talks To Re-Write 'Catching Fire'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 5, 2012 12:41 PM
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Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” is now packing some new heat. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” and more recently wrote “Toy Story 3,” is being brought onboard to polish the initial drafts that were written by “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” writer Simon Beaufoy. “Catching Fire” is, of course, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult series and the follow up to Gary Ross' runaway smash from earlier this year.

It's Official: Francis Lawrence Will Direct 'The Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 1:37 PM
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Well, it's officially official. Two weeks after he got the offer, and everyone assumed he was going to do it anyway, Lionsgate has formally announced that Francis Lawrence will be directing "The Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire."

It Looks Like Francis Lawrence Is Going To Direct 'Catching Fire'; Tomas Alfredson, Joe Cornish, Duncan Jones & Cary Fukunaga Were Also Shortlisted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:31 PM
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...and then there was one. The hunt for the director to take the helm of "Catching Fire" looks to be nearing an end. Just a couple days after we reported that Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller were in the hunt for the job, it now looks like Lionsgate has decided on their man.

Exclusive: Bennett Miller & Francis Lawrence In The Mix To Direct 'Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 7:07 PM
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Well, the hunt is now on for a director to take the helm of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," and before the end of last week a crop of names on Lionsgate's wishlist appeared that included David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Well, you can now add two more directors who are also in the mix for the job and some conversations with them have already begun.

'Out Of Sight' and 'Minority Report' Scribe Scott Frank To Write 'Houdini' For Francis Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 1:40 AM
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Considering that, in real life, the profession seems to fall somewhere between "repellent" and "unbelievably douchey" (see: David Blaine, Criss Angel), it's somewhat surprising how many magic-based movies we have going around these days. The 2006 double bill of "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" was the peak of the genre, but recent years have also brought the animated "Illusionist," Guy Pearce in the little-seen "Death Defying Acts" and, later in the summer, David Tennant as a vampire-fighting trickster in "Fright Night," while an adaptation of the seminal novel "Carter Beats The Devil" recently got a new lease on life. Even Pixar got in on the act, with the short "Presto."

Richard LaGravenese To Adapt WWII Survival Tale 'Unbroken' For Francis Lawrence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 3:17 AM
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While director Francis Lawrence made his name in Hollywood directing big budget flag wavers like "Constantine" and "I Am Legend," the helmer is looking to broaden his horizons and get out of the VFX and explosions game. He's got the Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz led period romance "Water For Elephants" around the corner and earlier this year, he lined up the WWII tale based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s bestseller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” over at Universal. At the time it was said that "Crazy Heart" writer/director Scott Cooper might pen the adaptation, but instead an Oscar nominated writer/director has gotten the job.

Francis Lawrence May Conjure Up Some Magic With A Harry Houdini Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 11:10 AM
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Vampires, zombies, fairy tales....Harry Houdini? Yep, it appears that the famed magician is the latest Hollywood obsession. With Summit pairing up with writer Noah Oppenheim to adapt "The Secret Life Of Houdini" and DreamWorks acquiring the spec script from “Changeling” writer J. Michael Straczynski entitled “Voices From The Dead,” it seems the execs see big potential in the illusionist and showman. And now Sony is throwing their hat in the ring.

5 Directors Who Could Take Over From Darren Aronofsky On 'The Wolverine'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2011 1:50 AM
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In a move that came as a huge surprise, Brooklyn's dapperest filmmaker, Darren Aronofsky, today walked away from the film that was set to be his tentpole debut "The Wolverine," the second "X-Men" spin-off to star Hugh Jackman's titular character.

Universal Picks Up WWII Book 'Unbroken' For Francis Lawrence To Direct, Scott Cooper May Write

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 6:56 AM
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Say what you will about music video director turned feature filmmaker Francis Lawrence, but when "I Am Legend" destroyed the box office, he quickly vaulted himself into the top tier of big budget filmmakers. That said, he seems to be making some considerable moves away from easily categorized tentpoles. This spring will see the release of the Depression-era circus drama (really) "Water For Elephants" with Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz and it looks for one of his future projects, Lawrence will shift gears dramatically again.

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