Now that Gary Ross is out as the director for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Lionsgate has come up with a short list of directors that they want to replace him. They're obviously looking for someone that will make the best possible adaptation, make the fans happy, as well as find someone that the author of the books, Suzanne Collins, will be happy with. She apparently worked very closely with Ross on the first movie, and she's much more interested in quality filmmaking than box-office prowess.
The studio is looking to get the film into production in August, so they need someone fast, someone who has the ability to tell a big ensemble story. Here's whose on their list so far... Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men), David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, The Fly, Eastern Promises) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Babel) and a few others who were not named.
These are all pretty solid choices, but I would love to see Cronenberg adapt this material! I don't think it will happen, but it would definitely make for an interesting adaptation. I think the more appropriate choice for the Catching Fire would be Cuaron. He seems like the director that would be able to take on the epic property, and his directing style seems to fit the world that the story is set in. As for Inarritu, I'm not the biggest fan of his work, but out of the three he'll most likely end up with the gig because he might be the least busy and the cheapest.
The studio needs a director fast, so we'll find out their choice soon enough. Out of these three director who who you like to see get the gig?
Catch Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22nd, 2013.
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