According to The Playlist, Lionsgate has two more directors in their sites to potentially take on the chair for Catching Fire. In addition to the previously reported names of David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, they are also considering. Bennett Miller and Francis Lawrence.
From The Playlist
Sources close to the project tell The Playlist that “Moneyball” helmer Bennett Miller and “I Am Legend” director Francis Lawrence are also in contention for the gig. Miller is coming off the very strong baseball drama (another project he picked up in flux when Steven Soderbergh’s version was axed at the last minute) which journeyed all the way to the Oscars with six nominations including Best Picture. There’s no doubt he’s got a handle on drama and emotional tone, and full-on action fare would be a new dynamic, but the filmmaker has proven himself extremely adaptable given his documentary beginnings. There is also the question of “Foxcatcher,” the true crime tale he’s been trying to make ever since he finished “Capote.” Mark Ruffalo recently joined the film that is eyeing a fall shoot, but would Miller be willing to put it on the backburner again? Could there be other factors at play pushing it back? These questions will need answering if Miller were to move forward here.
Meanwhile, Lawrence is the more obvious fit here. The former music video director and filmmaker knows action and effects down cold, and can also handle the dramatic beats the story would need, evidenced by “Water For Elephants.” And perhaps more importantly, his schedule is free and he could jump into this right away and get cracking on firming up the Simon Beaufoy-penned script (which we hear needs work) and getting into pre-production mode for the film that could be lensing as early as August.
So, what do you think of these two new names thrown in the mix? Who do you hope steps into the directors chair for Catching Fire? Let us know in the comments.
*Note The Playlist was the first to break the Gary Ross departure story before it became official, so their sources may be on to something here. We’ll just have to wait and see.*