Shortlist of ‘Catching Fire’ Directors Revealed?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 9:42 am,

Talks of who should direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, started long before it was even rumored that director Gary Ross wouldn’t be returning. So now that Ross has confirmed that he won’t be returning to direct the sequel, a short list of directors to helm Catching Fire has emerged – and it reveals that we could be in store for quite a sequel.

In the past few days since Ross relieved himself of duties as a director, Lionsgate has been compiling a list of names that they believe would fit their criteria. 24 Frames spoke to an anonymous source over at the studio, who says that “Lionsgate needs to find a director with enough credits and accolades to appeal to (Suzanne) Collins, who is much more interested in quality filmmaking than box-office prowess.”

Though the site mentions that the list is seven to eight names long, they put the spotlight on names such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, Eastern Promises director Daivd Cronenberg, and Babel and Bitiful director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

I honestly can’t think of a better group of names that are more interested in the quality of filmmaking than box-office numbers. In addition, the three names mentioned in the article all have experience working with dark material. It would seem easy to point the finger at Cuaron, given that he was the one who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban after Chris Columbus left the franchise. Cuaron is currently working on the sci-fi thriller Gravity, which is said to have an amazing 17 minute opening shot.

The site mentions that Cronenberg has been approached to direct many blockbuster movies, but frequently turns them down to direct more independent projects. So don’t be shocked to hear if he takes himself out of the running.

Inarritu would be a very interesting choice. Babel had four interlinking stories that explored the themes of sexuality and language barriers. But his Bitiful told the story of a dying man’s attempts to make amends. Both are far cries from the themes of rebellion and violence seen in Catching Fire. But both were also dark in their own ways.

One has to wonder who the four or five other names on the list are (could they names off our own list of promising Catching Fire directors?), but based on the three names already mentioned in this article, its pretty safe to say that Lionsgate is looking in the right direction. But they will have to work quickly, because they want to start the production of Catching Fire as soon as August.

Source: 24 Frames

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  1. Any of those but Cronenberg will probably do. I am a HUGE fan of Scanners and Videodrome. Brilliant works, those. I even liked Eastern Promises, but A History of Violence was such a blight on the convention of cinema that I can hardly believe that the directors of those movies were one and the same. But then I remembered The Phantom Menace and Hugo, and realized this kind of thing happens from time to time. Still, though, I don’t think this guy needs to get his little mitts on this film franchise.

    What about Mark Romanek?

    • You forgot to mention The FLY! Naked Lunch! EXISTENZ! -everything that guy does is sick and demented. (And I mean that in the most I OWN THEM ALL sort of way

    • “Hugo” was excellent.

      • I’m glad you liked it. I did not.

    • David Cronenberg! One of the finest and most radical film makers of the past 30 years. Under appreciated.
      Check out his latest, ” A Dangerous Method. ” Viggo Mortenson, Keira Knightly and Michael Fassenbender are awesome in this.
      In my book, ” Dead Ringers ” is a master work. Criterion offers an excellent DVD of this film.
      No. Cronenberg wouldn’t touch The Hunger Games franchise if his life depended on it.
      Alfonso Cuaron or Chris Columbus sound like the obvious candidates.

      • * Fassbender

  2. Soderbergh

    • Soderbergh’s last attempt at SF was a disaster. Remember his remake of Tarkovsky’s masterpiece, Solaris? He’s still a fantastic director, though.

  3. CRONENBERG! YES!!! That would be ultimate!!! …Now I am going to be disappointed when he doesn’t do it…. This sucks.

    I don’t think he has EVER directed a movie that was not rated R.



  5. Cuaron FTW!

  6. I don’t really care for any of these people.

  7. Haven’t seen Inarritu’s stuff. Cuaron would be great, but he’s busy on Gravity. To get him, they’d have to delay the start of filming. Cronenberg would be insanely awesome, but this is the guy who turned down Return of the Jedi.

    • No.

      It was David LYNCH who declined to direct Return Of The Jedi.


  9. Rupert Wyatt’s depiction of the Apes uprising was so good, I can totally see him replicating the same events in Panem. However, I think Academy Award Winner Kathryn Bigelow would produce a more visceral movie, and also bring upon the necessary darkness required for Mockingjay. Between these two, I think the person more passionate about the story-arc should get the position.

  10. Since it sounds like the sequel could be rushed in every sense of the word they need a talented renegade to get it done…. or give up early and just hire Gary Marshall and Katherine Heigl and let it implode on itself.

  11. Wow! If this list is true talk about the Mexican uprising in Hollywood! Both Charon and Iñarritu considered for such a high profile movie and a sequel nonetheless!!!

    Couldn’t be prouder of my “paisanos” :P

    My vote is with Cuaron of course! He gave us a great HP adaptation, and one of the smallest runtimes out of all the HP movies! So you know he is perfect at getting the best out of a complex book. And look at Children of Men and his beautiful cinematography! He made such a dark and hopeless future look incredibly appealing.

    Iñarritu is great also and I’m not sure how the second book plays out. If it’s more character drama and humanly driven he could also work.

    Either way I hope the list is real and that if Cuaron turns out to be interested they wait for him!