Back when Gary Ross exited the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise, Francis Lawrence stepped in to helm the second installment of the series, ‘Catching Fire’. Then, it was announced that the final film in the series would be split into two parts, but no director was named to drive the tetralogy home. Now, according to Collider, a leader has been found.
Lionsgate announced today that Lawrence would take on both parts of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’. Currently, the director of ‘Water For Elephants,’ ‘I Am Legend,’ and ‘Constantine,’ is still working on the sequel to ‘The Hunger Games’, but it’s assumed that immediately after he’s done with that film, he’ll start prepping for ‘Mockingjay’.
Here’s a description of the final two ‘Hunger Games’ movies from the press release announcing that Lawrence has been entrusted with the remainder of the films based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy:
‘THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2’ make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will be released on November 22, 2013. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ comes a year later on November 21, 2014, and then the franchise wraps up on November 20, 2015 with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’.
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