The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, reportedly has a new director attached, and it is (drumrollll…..) Francis Lawrence? On first glance I find nothing overtly wrong with Francis Lawrence as a choice, and I think the idea of a director with music video experience could bring some very interesting visuals to the second book (which has an arguably much more drawn out, and less exciting story than the first), however while he can do post-apocalyptic action pretty well (I Am Legend), he is also the guy that did Water for Elephants…and Constantine.
I think when we kept hearing rumors of directors that had a true auteur style and voice, (Joss Whedon, David Fincher or Alfonso Cuaron) it got fans excited. I just don't know that this a choice that really gets me all fired up (sorry, I did it again). It feels like a decision they made because they had to rush the film in to production to capitalize on the shooting schedule. I believe that this book is going to be much harder to adapt, than the first one was, so I hope he can pull it off so the series can have legs. And if nothing else, let's hope that Lawrence will get rid of some of that annoying-as-hell shaky cam so the movie can breathe a little.