Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games; Francis Lawrence (inset)
Lionsgate; Inset: PictureGroup
There's a new Head Gamemaker in town.
Director Francis Lawrence reportedly has been tapped to helm Catching Fire
, the sequel to reigning box-office blockbuster The Hunger Games
Lawrence, who last directed Robert Pattinson
and Reese Witherspoon
in 2011's Water for Elephants,
won the job after Games
director Gary Ross dropped out
, citing time constraints due to the sequel's "fixed and tight production schedule." Deadline.com
, which first reported the news about Lawrence, says that director Bennett Miller (Moneyball
) was also up for the gig but couldn't meet the production's intended August start date.
Stars Jennifer Lawrence
, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
are all on board for the entire three-book series