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So Who Does Lionsgate Want For CATCHING FIRE?

Nordling here.

Now that Gary Ross has exited, Lionsgate is scrambling to figure out who should be the director for CATCHING FIRE, the seuqel to THE HUNGER GAMES.  And 24 Frames seems to have the skinny on who Lionsgate has in mind - they claim to have seen the short list of directors that Lionsgate would like to get involved in the project.

They don't reveal the full list, but they do say that the list is entirely comprised of male directors, and that three names stand out, especially - Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and David Cronenberg.  Cuarón, of course, directed HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, my personal favorite of the Potter films, and neither Cronenberg or Iñárritu have ever attempted anything as mainstream and as popular as THE HUNGER GAMES. 

It also depends on who can get along best with Suzanne Collins, and while Cuarón definitely brought his own flavor to POTTER, I'd be curious as to any conversations he had with J. K. Rowling on that particular movie, because it doesn't feel so much like a Potter film as it does a Cuarón film.  Anyone who Lionsgate finds, regardless, will have to find grace under pressure, considering the box office and the stakes involved, and none of these directors mentioned seems to be the type to roll over for an insistent studio.

I haven't read CATCHING FIRE, so I don't know how the movie would benefit from these filmmakers' visions, but who would you like to see continue this series?  And why no women directors?  I think someone like Kathryn Bigelow could absolutely nail these movies.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • April 12, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by dahauk--


  • April 12, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    who gives a fuck

    by SpaghettiWall

    people will see the movie and the director is an afterthought

  • April 12, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    mel gibson

    by wattos new hat

  • April 12, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Rob Reiner

    by Axl Z

    Team Jacob whoo!!

  • April 12, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay

    by Axl Z

    That shit be wack

  • April 12, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Who they should pick...

    by hitchhiker42

    Cuaron definitely. Bigelow is an inspired choice as well, and it's a shame there are not female directors on there. How about Blomkamf or if they want a BIG big name, why not Stone? CATCHING FIRE is the best of the series (IMO) and it has the most awesome arena and spectacular deaths/battles. ***SPOILER*** Most of the arena (at least the part in the middle surrounding the 'Cornucopia') is surrounded by water, and the outer land area is divided into 12 regions, with each region letting loose a terrifying and deadly trap every hour (laid out like a clock). It's an awesome book. I can't wait to see it!

  • April 12, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Catching Fire is a trainwreck of a book

    by Mono

    I have the feeling it won't matter who they hire -- though, my God, those are interesting names.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Sheeeet, Cronenberg would be so awesome.

    by ODM

  • April 12, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has shown some interest in directing

    by seabiscuits

  • April 12, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Why is the gender of the director an issue?

    by beaoure

    Is it because the protagonist of the HG books is a female? Is there "girly" flavor these films need that only a female director can give it?

  • April 12, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    These lists always start with great names

    by George Zip

    But they eventually get whittled down to junior varsity.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by AzulTool

  • April 12, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by ravenink

    Would be awesome- we might even get an unrated cut at some point if he takes it. I'd love for him to do Mockingjay- the lizard mutts would be as badass as they're meant to be (unlike the seriously underwhelming dog/wolf mutts in the first movie)

  • April 12, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and David Cronenberg

    by Erik Radvon

    None of them will direct Hunger Games 2. Just ain't gonna happen. Hunger Games may have been a nice little hit in March, but it is a far cry from Harry Potter. It's not going to attract that level of talent. I could see a D.J. Caruso doing this or someone of that caliber doing it. Nobody going to see the Hunger Games gives a fuck about the director.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by ravenink

    The wrist breaking scene wasn't exactly PG13 dude

  • April 12, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    why not Yates?

    by doodler

    or one of the other Potter directors? Though, they should really give it to Joe Carnahan or Antoine Fuqua or someone who really knows how to do action. I mean, the potter films were basically CG-fests. If these are going to be arena/hunting/battles, gotta go with someone who can build tension and do live-action stunts.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

  • April 12, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    DePalma for #3?

    by doodler

  • April 12, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Woody Allen would be perfect

    by D o o d

    he can bring some pompous shtick to the film!

  • April 12, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Alfonso for 2, Bigelow for 3...

    by tensticks

    and DON'T split the third book into 2 movies. It doesn't need it. The first 3rd-to-half of both of those books needs to be severely compressed for the screen (it reads well but won't necessarily translate well if they try to cram all the detail and exposition into the screenplay).

  • April 12, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Paul W.S. Anderson!!

    by WerePlatypus

    Just kidding. I have no particular love of the Hunger Games trilogy, but I don't wish it to suck that bad. . .

  • April 12, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    Long live the D.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Oh and Yates...

    by tensticks

    Sucks. The last half of the Potter series severely suffered because of him....

  • April 12, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Why not get Kinji Fukasaku to direct it and come full circle.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    With the traps being set every hours this sounds more like BR than the first.

  • April 12, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Danny Boyle

    by Tom

    Beaufoy's in already, so why not go "The Full Monty"? (geddit?) Seriously, though: Slumdog Katniss? I'd pay double

  • April 12, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    We are looking at alot of candidates, It's been stressfull

    by JettL93

    We need to find the right person to match the script we've written. right now we are trying to get duncan Jones but he wants final edit approval Lionsgate would like me to take the reigns., but with my hectic schedule of scripts and effects producing i just don't have the time right now

  • April 12, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Jett! What's going on with Prometheus' rating?

    by Mattman

  • April 12, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Also, Bane is CG enhanced in DKR... confirm or deny

    by Mattman

  • April 12, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    They got me once, they won't get me again no matter who they hire.

    by Logan_1973

    I went into GAMES off of hype only. Brother was I let down. Tweeny crap.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    jettl93: do you prefer the tiny pink taco to the ape muff?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Fox wants a pg 13 but Ridley and myself are holding strong and It's likely we'll see the film released as R (due to violence and sci fi gore) Bane will have some slight CGI added but not to his size, The scenes in question will involve scenes where he take a dose of Venom and we see it pump through his veins, for obvious reasons we couldn't do that practical so some post production tweaking was required

  • April 12, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Lou Diamond Phillips

    by pumaman

    ..or Emilio Estevez. They both direct don't they and I'm pretty sure they both need the work!!

  • April 12, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST you know a guy named Mickey Suttle?

    by tensticks

    I'm just curious.

  • It'll never happen with Cronenberg for a variety of reasons, I'm sure. Cuaron would be a good choice, but we know that Bigelow can elicit great performances and knows how to direct an action scene. Give it to the lady!

  • April 12, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Give it to David Yates so he can kill off the entire franchise

    by Logan_1973

    All problems solved.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Don't be such a feminist!

    by Brank Hud

    Who cares about the gender! It's a stupid issue. I have nothing against female directors whatsoever, and it has no bearing on whether or not I will see a film. But as to the question: "Why are there no female directors on this list?" the answer is simple: statistics. There aren't that many female directors. Trying to be all PC about it is lame. Give the project to a competent director. Gender and race are irrelevant. Also, Katheryn Bigelow has better things to do, I'm sure. As does Cronenburg.

  • You have brought shame to your house, sir.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The only people making a big deal about the gender...

    by Ribbons

    ...are the TalkBackers. It's obviously not a deliberate attempt to exclude female directors, and nobody is suggesting otherwise. But there's nothing wrong with remarking that it's odd an apparently large list of desired directors for a story created by, starring, and aimed at women has no women on it. Because it is somewhat odd. Anyway, they can keep dreaming as far as landing any of the "Big Three" goes. Cuaron doesn't need the career boost and I'm sure the other two don't care one way or the other. And Duncan Jones, who everyone keeps bringing up as the dark horse candidate (and *could* use the career boost), probably wouldn't agree to take on something he has so little control over. I'd like to see Danny Boyle get involved, but that's probably wishful thinking too.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I don't see any of those folks doing it.

    by Yelsaeb

    They're too smart.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Cronenberg wanted to do basic instinct 2

    by baronweazle

    Thank god he didn't! But still enough reason not to rule him out completely I think.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Get me Lars von Trier, STAT!

    by Odog

    We need subtlety people!

  • April 12, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute, I got it! Tom Six!

    by Logan_1973

  • April 12, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    by m

    Alfonso Cuarón ... a great director, but his interpretation of Azkaban was horrible. If he gets the gig I hope he doesn't destroy it like he did with Azkaban

  • April 12, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Bigelow? Are you effing kidding me? That hack?

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    Who lucked into serious luck with the Academy on its kick to honor a woman director since they couldn't give it to Sofia Coppola in 2003 for Lost in Translation. A thousand times, no.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Who cares... stupid story

    by grendel69

    Stupid franchise. Who gives a shit.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Kathryn Bigelow would kick ass! Cmon -- Strange Days, anyone ;-)

    by DaddyP69

  • April 12, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    rob rodriguez

    by seasonsix

    the guy knows kids and action violence, he's fucking perfect.

  • April 12, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by ravenink

    my point is calling The Fly "mainstream and popular" is not super accurate when comparing it to the Hunger Games. The Fly was definitely an R Rated horror movie, and its hard to really call any R Rated horror movie "mainstream". "More popular than Cronenberg's previous movies" maybe, but "mainstream" is definitely pushing it.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird is the correct choice.


    I'm surprised no one has suggested him yet.

  • That's the same reason Gary Ross wasn't feeling it. It's the wrong way to make movies.

  • April 12, 2012, 8:58 p.m. CST

    So it'll be Iñárritu

    by Bass Ackwards

    Cuaron doesn't need this, Cronenberg doesn't want it. Iñárritu has never really caught the same lightning in a bottle he did with Amores Perros, and a nice solid studio success could be a much appeciated shot in the arm for his career. This lists are always so stupid, like Sony with Spidey, 'considering' David Fincher, Wes Anderson, or...Marc Webb. Hmmm, one of these names is not like the others...

  • April 12, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by LordEnigma

    SERIOUSLY LIONSGATE! Get your heads out of your asses and let a super talented filmmaker and Oscar winner make the two best films imaginable for the rest of this series.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    I agree, Catching Fire is a trainwreck of a book.

    by Shoehanger

    Catching Fire could be renamed Catching Attention Deficit Disorder.

  • April 12, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    guarantee none of these directors will be attached

    by fingerlickingood

  • April 12, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Tyler Perry

    by Pvt. Duke

    Trust me, I know shit.

  • April 12, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuarón?

    by WickedChicken37

    Am I the only one who thinks "Azkaban" is just okay? Yes it took the series in a darker direction but God almighty, how many blackout wipes do you need in one movie? And the little high pitched sound with every wave of the wand? God that was annoying.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I think Bigelow would be great for Catching Fire...

    by REMcycle

    I think she has the right combination of eye plus experience in shooting this kind of militaristic/strategic material...Collins's source would be in the right hands. MOCKINGJAY, however, is all over the damn place and any director could shoot that trainwreck for all I long as Tilda Swinton plays Coin. MOCKINGJAY will fail without Tilda Swinton.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    LUC BESSON - End of discussion.

    by untamedc

    The man KNOWS haw to shoot big epic action (unlike Gary Ross) and also has the quirkiness that fits right into the hunger games universe.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Brett Ratner!

    by drew70

  • April 12, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by drew70

    his son nick can do sound

  • April 12, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    by m

    His take on Azkaban sucked! I actually think it was the worst one of them all.

  • April 13, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    It's Gonna Be Some Affordable and Safe No-Namer

    by HateThaNet

    No way Cuaron, Cronenberg, or anyone with a unique vision will get ahold of the studio goldmine.

  • April 13, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    untamed - Luc Besson

    by Dubster32

    Reviews of his latest big action blockbuster suggest otherwise.

  • April 13, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST

    I can't see any of these names taking this on board

    by melonman

  • April 13, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    I agree with tikidonkeypunch

    by thound3

    Kinji Fukasaku<P> After all, his film was the "original" and whose film Collins didn't "cough cough" know existed before she wrote her book. <p> They should even recruit Koushun Takami to write the screen adaptation, since he's obviously a much better writer than Collins.<p>

  • April 13, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    thound3: Fukasaku is dead

    by melonman

    Died of cancer in his 70s - nearly 10 years ago

  • April 13, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    M. Night Shyamalan

    by Disruptors

  • April 13, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Rodrigo Cortés appears free

    by ChopperPBM

    And has had a history with tense actioners for Lionsgate with 'Buried'.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Uwe Boll?!?

    by addict4evr

    Had to sign up immediately because no one has mentioned him yet...I thought you were an enlightened bunch on this site!!!

  • April 13, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Kathryn on Fire

    by rguerr2

    I agree. Kathryn would be great. As for the comment from 'beaoure' ... the story is about a young female written by a women, so I would think a female would better understand the emotions Katniss is going through better.

  • April 13, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Cronenberg's BASIC INSTINCT 2

    by godoffireinhell

    Glad I'm not the only one who remembers that, baronweazle. He got attached to the BASIC INSTINCT sequel sometime in 2000. I'm not sure why he didn't go ahead with it but I like to imagine he'd have done something really messed up and perverse with it and everybody just freaked out. Anyway, Cronenberg has been saying several times in interviews that he'd love to sell out and do a big Hollywood film but that he's never given the chance because all the suits are scared of him and consider him "weird".

  • WE'LL GET: RATNER, MCG or ANDERSON (the shitty one, you know who I mean)

  • April 13, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Is this the one with the Lizard Men in it?

    by buggerbugger

    I want to see the design for those guys, to see if they look suitably Lizard Men-esque rather than, say, that stupid fucking thing in the new 'Spider-Man' go-around.

  • April 13, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Zombie Akira Kurosawa

    by Franklancer

    or Duncan jOnes

  • April 13, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    by Samuel Fulmer

    He's way to good for this crap.

  • April 13, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    What about Patrick Hughes who made Red Hill?

    by jellypop

    That was a very decent movie.

  • April 13, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Richard Curtis

    by steve lee

  • April 13, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I would try to get Joe Wright.

    by Randy

  • April 13, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird

    by Dr.007

    came to mind for me as well. can do action, can do story, can do non violent violence

  • April 13, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Doug Liman

    by Dr.007

    another plausible choice for action and respectable choice

  • April 13, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    David Lynch would be the perfect choice to direct this movie...

    by Arafel

    ...AND EVERYONE ON THIS THREAD KNOWS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!