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Lionsgate Likes Francis Lawrence; He'll Direct Two 'Hunger Games' Sequels After 'Catching Fire'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 3:10PM

Lionsgate likes the way that director Francis Lawrence has extended, in "Catching Fire" (November 22, 2013), the world Gary Ross created in the first installment of "Hunger Games." The studio has hired Lawrence ("Water for Elephants") to helm the two concluding films in Susanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen series as well, "Mockingjay" Part 1 (November 21, 2014) and Part 2 (November 20, 2015).
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Lionsgate likes the way that director Francis Lawrence has extended, in "Catching Fire" (November 22, 2013), the world Gary Ross created in the first installment of "Hunger Games." (That film is heading toward the $700 million mark worldwide.) The studio has hired Lawrence ("Water for Elephants," "I Am Legend")  to helm the two concluding films in Susanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen series as well, "Mockingjay Part 1" (November 21, 2014) and "Part 2" (November 20, 2015).

Produced by Nina Jacobson, both films will be written by Danny Strong ("The Butler"). ("Catching Fire" scribe Simon Beaufoy is bowing out.) Star Jennifer Lawrence will return as the young rebel leader along with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as her two rival swains. "Catching Fire" added to the ensemble Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch), Sam Clafin (Finnick), Jena Malone (Johanna) and Amanda Plummer (Wiress). James Newton Howard is scoring the film.

Here's the official synopsis.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol.  As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.