Lionsgate is expected to make final offer on Catching Fire’s directing job by the end of the week
After the The Hunger Games director Gary Ross officially announced he was leaving the franchise last week, Lionsgate began the search for a new director to take on the job for the sequel, Catching Fire. The media has been speculating on who may get the director’s chair. Some of the names most strongly heard are Cuaron, Cronenbergh, Iñarritu, and more recently, Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball) were added to that list. Well, Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lionsgate is just about to make a decision and will make an offer to either Lawrence or Miller by the end of this week. They report:
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.
The Austrian-born Lawrence got his start helming music videos for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Green Day. While last year’s “Water for Elephants” starring Reese Witherspoon did only modest business, he had great success with the 2007 “I Am Legend” with Will Smith. He’s also quite proficient in special effects and knows his way around large film sets, two attributes crucial for directing the action-heavy “Catching Fire.”
Miller has never directed a big-budget movie with special effects but was widely praised for his work on “Moneyball” and “Capote” and was nominated for an Oscar for the latter picture.
We’ll keep you posted with the latest news on who may take (or finally takes) the job! Who’s your favorite? Do you like either Lawrence or Miller?