By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood May 4, 2012 at 11:59AM
There are not many times where people have enough juice to make change in a lumbering system that is so resistant to it. But the gig of directing Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy was one of those golden opportunities and now it is gone.
Think about it. The film has grossed over $600 million worldwide and it is still rolling out in countries. People -- men and women, boys and girls -- love it. The next film has a built in audience. This would have been an amazing moment for Lionsgate -- a company better known for its slasher films -- and Nina Jacobson who has pushed this project all the way through to do something quite extraordinary. But no.
If they had hired a top tier male director because he would be able to take the movie to a whole new place that would have been one way to go, but they didn't. They hired a guy -- Francis Lawrence -- who directed I Am Legend and Water for Elephants.
I don't have anything against Francis Lawrence. But I just want to voice my disappoinment for the lack of vision in picking the director for this project. It could have really been a game changer. Now its just same old same old.