Yes, Alfonso Cuaron is on the Shortlist of Directors for 'Catching Fire'

April 12, 2012
Source: 24 Frames

Alfonso Cuaron / Catching Fire

Since it's now official that Gary Ross will not be directing The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire after releasing an official statement about his departure earlier this week, Lionsgate is quickly trying to find a director to meet their November 22nd, 2013 release date. When news of Ross' potential departure came about, I was quite the supporter of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron taking on the project and now 24 Frames reveals that he is on the studio's wishlist along with David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel). More below!

Apparently there are some other names in the mix, but those are the three filmmakers mentioned. Thankfully, none of them are more lighthearted choices and have all had experience with dreary drama and edgy stories, perfect for a series that despite its young adult audience is rather mature and grim. Cronenberg seems like an unlikely choice as he's stayed away from big blockbuster movies for quite some time, but a Catching Fire adaptation from Inarritu would be rather interesting. Still, I stand by my original choice to have Cuaron, who helped Harry Potter mature, and delivered one of the best post-apocalyptic tales in Children of Men, to take on this hot new franchise and treat it with care and respect. Thoughts?

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  • Traveler
    YES! I sincerely hope they pick him. Azkaban was the best Potter film, in my opinion, and Children of Men was beautifully shot. 
    • Everything said here is true but I'd much rather see him do Mockingjay (or hell, both) because it's much more akin to the style of CoM.
      • Traveler
        True, but just imagine how cool the scenes in the second arena would look. 
  • Stephen Feehily
    He is who I thought of first when I heard Ross wasn't returning. About time he graced us with his gifts once again!
  • Danimal
    Honestly, I'd be happy with any of those directors. This is good news!
  • Sunshine
    I think they have an Icebergs chance in hell to get Cronenberg.
  • I dont think  Cuaron will do it, but it sure would be awesome.
  • Mmmmmmmm
    Jesus any one of them would be astounding, but Alfonso Cuaron??? I would shit a gold brick of happiness LOL
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    I just caught fire...
  • Maudeegt
    Cuaron is top of my list as well. I agree though. Doubt he'll take it. But one can still hope.
  • Ulixes
    If they pick Alfonso there's a chance his favorite cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezeki would be dp, in which case I'd die of happiness. The cinematography really needs rescuing in this franchise... 
    • GregDinskisk
       That's an opinion based comment. I personally loved the cinematography, and thought the style was a good choice. Lubezeki would be better, as you said, but that's due to him being amazing.
  • As much as I wish this would happen, I don't think it will because of the pressed time that they would be giving him to do it. Studios like their product on the specific release date that they initiate and great filmmakers like to have time so that their vision can be seen in each scene. Hence, why Zack Snyder was hired over better filmmakers like Matt Reeves or Duncan Jones in the Superman situation.
    • ha
      uninformed, faux-authoritative viewpoint is uninformed.
  • Hu
    Cuaron out of those. Babel was shit as well FWIW.
  • Cuaron is a master artist. I can only imagine the breathtaking imagery mixed with exquisite acting. 
  • Bcopes11
    Kathryn Bigelow!!!
  • Middenway
    If they are planning to do four films still, I'd like to see Gary Ross do the odd-numbered ones and Alfonso Cuaron do the even-numbered ones. Kind of tag team the series.
  • Jorge Alberto Rodriguez
    Alfonso cuaron was the first name that came in mind, Now that his on the short list i fell more excited about him dericting then about Gary Ross coming back, and if he takes over it is more likley he will come back because he would be back for 1 or 2 more films not (5 ) more. And he is one of the best, if not the best storytellers
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I love Alfonso Cuaron I bow to his work,ideas,style and his nature. He is very creative,genius person without dobt azkaban was best part of potter i was very very sad why he didnt direct final harry potter movies i hope he doesnt make catching fire because my heart is weak and if he accept will be stoped from happieness kiss on you alfonso
  • Kathleen Runas
    ALFONSO CUARON was my very first favorite director. He made me fall in love with him in "A Little Princess". (I was twelve and the only director I know was Steven Spielberg, and it's not like I care about directors, I just knew his name them). ALFONSO CUARON IS PERFECTION!!! (I cheated on him once when I thought Christopher Nolan was my favorite, then I re-watched Children of Men, and then I remembered, forget Nolan, CUaron is Awesome!!) He's perfect for this.
    • Ehsan Davodi
      Good for you and your childish dreams A. L. F. O. S. O. C. U. A. R. O. N. B. R. I. L. L. I. A. N. T.
      • Kathleen Runas
        what childeish dreams? Anyhow. ALFONSO CUARON IS THE BEST! (wotched all his movies) HE'S A GENIUS. IF HE HAD A SPECIFICE GENRE, HE'D BE LIKE ALFRED HITCHCOCK (I've watched Hitchcock's masterpiece, and they are sooo masterfully done that the Academy is stupid not to give him one award.) The same goes tot Alfonso Cuaron, every frame of his works are just beautifuly done, he redefined perfection. AWESOME
  • peloquin Best critique of the film I've read so far... "THE FAMINE SHOW starts and KIDS begin KILLING THE FUCKING SHIT out of each other as the CAMERAMAN tries to set a world record for CONSECUTIVE SOMERSAULTS."
  • Voice of Reason
    C'mon guys, give it to Tommy Wiseau. "Katniss, you are TEARING ME APART!"
  • Cuaron is the man for the job
  • fringes
    Cuaron would be amazing. do it do it do it!
  • Jorge Alberto Rodriguez
    When is Alfonso Cuaron gonna be anounced as drictor, i know it has to be him.




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