It’s a hard life out there for a franchise movie director, especially because, if you’re directing a movie in a franchise, chances are that’s all you’re going to be doing. Take the new Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence. He’s at the helm of Catching Fire, but because Lionsgate wants to give us more Hunger Games back-to-back-to-back, he’s already being replaced for further sequels.
Word from Indiewire is that the new Lionsgate movie chiefs, Summit’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producer Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are “currently vetting the right directors for the last two Mockingjay films.”
The Hunger Games is following the footsteps of Harry Potter and Twilight by splitting the final book into two, and has already set release dates for each movie. Part 1 will hit theaters November 21, 2014; and Part 2 will debut November 20, 2015.
Like Slashfilm put it, we’re looking at three consecutive Thanksgivings with Hunger Games releases.
It’s still not clear whether or not the next hired director will get to tackle both parts of Mockingjay. But, probably not. Unless they do the Breaking Dawn thing and shoot both movies as one giant production. There’s also no word on who’ll direct the final book adaptation, but the producers previously looked at Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Duncan Jones and David Cronenberg for the Catching Fire gig, so maybe they’ll revisit their old list. Hey, maybe they should visit our list.
But yeah, for now, Catching Fire starts production in September and hits theater next Thanksgiving.
What do you think? Who should replace Francis Lawrence?