Francis Lawrence has been selected by Lionsgate to direct “Catching Fire,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. He will reportedly be offered the job this afternoon, just over a week after “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross confirmed he wouldn’t helm the sequel.
The Austrian-born filmmaker has as few blockbuster credits to his name, including “I Am Legend” and “Water for Elephants,” both of which were adapted from novels. The latter was decently reviewed and considered a faithful adaptation of Sara Gruen’s book, so that certainly bodes well for “Catching Fire.”
But by far the most extensive — and interesting — part of Lawrence’s resume is his music video directing. Check out this Wikipedia list of videos he worked on. You will be amazed at how many you know and love.
Happily, a lot of his subjects have been strong women — just like “Hunger Games” protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Let’s look at some of their videos below.
Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls)”
Janet Jackson, “Someone To Call My Lover”
Sarah McLachlan, “Adia”
Pink, “Just Like a Pill”
Although some of these videos are over-the-top (Hello, Lady Gaga!), they all focus so lovingly on their subject and show a ton of imagination. Because of this, I think there’s good reason to be excited about “Catching Fire.”
How do you feel about Lawrence taking over for Gary Ross? Share your thoughts in the comments.