Earlier this week, The Playlist reported that directors Bennett Miller and Frances Lawrence were also in contention to take on Catching Fire. A story from Deadline suggests that Miller, who most recently stepped in for Steven Soderbergh and directed Moneyball is interested in the job, but would like the production to push back until next year. Foxcatcher, a pet project of Miller is set to start production in October with Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and, Channing Tatum attached to star. I can’t exactly recall where I heard this interview with Miller, but it seems like he’s been working on Foxcatcher for nearly five years.
If Lionsgate would push their production start date back and change the release date, Miller would be a great choice. Look at what he was able to get out of Jonah Hill in Moneyball. However, The Hunger Games series is a major source of revenue for Lionsgate.
It seems interestingly likely that Francis Lawrence will be the man to handle the further adventures of Katniss Everdeen. It’s not to say Lawrence is a bad director, it’s just a choice that does not inspire a lot of hope or excitement. He can handle action (see I Am Legend ) and drama (Water for Elephants), but not really that well.
If Lionsgate and the producers agree on a director like Frances Lawrence, it says to me that we’re going for the money and quality isn’t important. If Lionsgate waits and goes after a director like Bennett Miller or even Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, it says that they want to make a better film. As important as Suzanne Collins is, the studio needs to find a director that Jennifer Lawrence wants to work with. Unlike most young actresses, Jennifer Lawrence has a good head on her shoulders.