Fresh off the success of his ‘Hunger Games’ films (having directed the second installment of the franchise, and the final entry which is due to come out later this year), director Francis Lawrence has many options for his future in Hollywood. Aside from the live-action ‘The Odyssey’ and the film ‘Red Sparrow’ which he is working on, he is also working to executive producing and directing two TV series’, based on popular books. He is backed by the Mark Gordan Company, which is responsible for such hits as ‘Greys Anatomy’ and ‘Criminals Minds,’ which should give him some power with networks when it comes to pilot season. The two shows are based on books, the novel ‘House of Thieves’ by Charles Belfoure, and the 90’s novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman. Check out the synopsis’ of both books, and then let us know your thoughts on the new projects in the comments below!

Here’s the synopsis of ‘Neverwhere’ –

 Richard Mayhew is a plain man with a good heart — and an ordinary life that is changed forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never dreamed existed — a dark subculture flourish in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels below the city — a world far stranger and more dangerous than the only one he has ever known…Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

Followed by the synopsis of ‘House of Thieves’ –

 In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. The take better include some cash too, the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross’s entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down and for his family to go down too.

SOURCE: Slashfilm