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Francis Lawrence to direct Catching Fire

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Francis Lawrence (The director behind I Am Legend and Water for Elephants) will be offered to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to the hugely successful Hunger Games film.

Sources say that Lawrence will receive an official offer this afternoon. If he accepts and a deal can be worked out, he will replace Gary Ross, who directed the first installment of the hugely successful franchise.

-The Hollywood Reporter

This news is breaking just hours after Lionsgate narrowed it down to two directors for the sequel. Which included Francis Lawrence (obviously) and Bennett Miller (the director of Moneyball).

What do you think of Lawrence? Will he do well replacing Gary Ross? Leave a comment below.

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Gary Ross meets with Lionsgate over Catching Fire

Earlier we learned that Gary Ross would not be directing Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. However it appears that the rumor may not be true at all.

…sources say the filmmaker is concerned about an ambitious production schedule that would require shooting to begin in August so that star Jennifer Lawrence can complete her work before she is due to start filming a sequel to Fox’s X-Men: First Class in January.

THR reported last week that Fox has informed studios and talent agencies of its planned start date for the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men movie. Since Fox’s deal with Lawrence predates her contract for Hunger Games, X-Men is in a priority position. With the script for the second Hunger Games not yet locked, that means all preparations for a sequel would have to be done in four months—a tough schedule to meet.

-The Hollywood Reporter

Gary Ross also wants a raise after the success of The Hunger Games. Lionsgate might not want to give him a raise.

Do you think Gary Ross will stay on board? Or will someone else need to take over for Ross?