There has been a lot of anticipation for Lionsgate’s decision on who will direct ‘Catching Fire‘. We reported earlier that Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller were being added into the pool of potential directors to take over ‘The Hunger Games‘ franchise.
Well, the L.A. Times has reported that the final decision is between the two of them, and we will know the answer by the end of the week!
The hunt for the new director on “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” is reaching its conclusion, with Lionsgate expected to offer the job to either Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”; “I Am Legend”) or Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”; “Capote”) by the end of the week, according to knowledgeable sources not authorized to speak publicly.
The studio has narrowed in on the two directors after considering a broader group that also included Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Tony Scott (“Unstoppable”), and Stephen Daldry (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”).
Lawrence (no relation to “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence) may be the easier option because his schedule is open. One source said he has met with top executives at the studio and appears eager to take on the job.
Miller, meanwhile, would have to delay his plans to direct the movie “Foxcatcher” about John du Pont, the heir to the famous family’s fortune who shot and killed an Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler. The film, which recently added Mark Ruffalo to a cast that already includes Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, is supposed to start filming late this year.
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If these rumors are true, which of the two directors would you like to see behind the camera of ‘Catching Fire’? Francis Lawrence or Bennett Miller?