With the official confirmation that Francis Lawrence has signed on to direct Catching Fire. The folks at MTV are taking a look at some of the things Francis will have to do for Catching Fire.
Here’s an excerpt from MTV :
Say what you will about Ross’ vision for and execution of the first installment of Suzanne Collins’ series, but the director won over fickle fans before a single frame ever rolled by, positioning himself as an acolyte first and director second. Lawrence is already off to a winning start, posting a special message for fans on Facebook:
Hello fellow Hunger Games fans! I just want you all to know how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be a part of Catching Fire. At the end of the day, all of the work that I put in to my movies is for you — the fans. Make sure to post and let me know what you’re most excited to see in this adaptation as we aim to make something truly faithful and spectacular!
Lawrence can continue building consensus by giving fans further insight into his vision. How about sharing a sneak peek of concept art? Or, as filming progresses, taking a page out of “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon’s playbook and sharing on-set images early? Involving fans during the film’s infancy will keep fans eager and engaged.
There are few more feared curses than the sophomore slump. Propelling an established narrative forward in an engaging and meaningful manner can sometimes be tricky, but it’s an art that directors like Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) have mastered. Better yet, Lawrence would be wise to look at franchises helmed by multiple directors (hello, “Harry Potter”) to strategize a smooth transition.
Find Finnick (and Johanna and … )
Lawrence’s first high-profile decision as director will likely be casting the new players introduced during the Quarter Quell. Tributes Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason are of special interest to fans, with casting speculation running rampant. (Unsurprisingly, we have a few suggestions for the hunk and the hottie too.) The caliber of actors Lawrence lines up will say plenty about the sort of sequel he plans to direct. In other words: Make it good, Francis!
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