Once Gary Ross officially confirmed that he wouldn’t direct Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, there’s been a lot of speculation over who would replace him. Lionsgate has been scrambling to find a replacement so that the movie can keep with its plan to shoot this autumn (something that’s vital as Catching Fire needs to wrap by December so Jennifer Lawrence can move on to X-Men: First Class 2).
Now Variety reports that I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence has been chosen by Lionsgate to helm Catching Fire, with a formal offer expected to be issued imminently. Bennett Miller (Moneyball) was the other front runner, and both directors met with the studio yesterday before Lionsgate made their final choice. Other directors being considered included Tomas Alfredson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Cary Fukunaga, and Duncan Jones.
Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are all returning for the sequel, which already has a release date set of November 22nd, 2013.