Francis Lawrence to Direct Boths Parts of 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'
We already know that Francis Lawrence is hard at work on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after replacing departed director Gary Ross. But we've been wondering whether or not he would stick around for either or both of the two-part adaptation of Mockingjay, the third and final book in Suzanne Collins' best-selling young adult novel series. Now we have an answer as Collider has learned that Lawrence is signed to direct The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I which arrives on November 21st, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II the following year on November 20th, 2015. Read on!
Lawrence previously directed Water for Elephants, I Am Legend and Constantine, but this while likely be his biggest film assignment and most successful film in his career. He'll have a strong script to work with for the two-part finale as Emmy-winning Game Change and Recount writer Danny Strong is adapting the book. He's also slated to adapt Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, but we have no idea when that is happening with that project. At least we don't have to deal with a bunch of speculation about directors for the rest of The Hunger Games franchise and Lawrence can't stay immersed in the world for a few years to get it right.