The man who brought us I Am Legend and Water For Elephants, Director Francis Lawrence, has officially signed on to direct Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games series.
Rolling Stone has the story, which claims Deadline noted Lionsgate had also considered Moneyball director Bennett Miller and Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, but only Lawrence could work within a timetable that would allow the movie to hit theaters by the fall of next year.
Forgetting Water For Elephants momentarily (though it did look great), I think Lawrence could definitely capture the world of Catching Fire better than THG helmer Gary Ross could. Hell, I may even be a little excited for this now.
What about you? Think Francis Lawrence has what it takes to conquer Catching Fire?