Lionsgate is calling on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
director Francis Lawrence
again to helm the two-part finale, Mockingjay
. Lawrence, who is currently filming Catching Fire
with the cast and crew (including fellow Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, pictured) "will then presumably set to work immediately on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Lawrence took over director duties from Gary Ross — who helped propel 2011's The Hunger Games to a $686 million intake at the worldwide box office — after tight scheduling conflicts caused Ross to pass on the opportunity to film the follow-ups. When it came to choosing a director for Catching Fire, Lawrence bested the likes of David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron Alejandrom and Gonzalez Inarritu.
Lawrence, whose visions of a ravaged landscape was pulled off with flying colors in films like I Am Legend and Constantine and knows a thing or two about working with franchise heartthrobs (see: Robert Pattinson in Water For Elephants), must have impressed Lionsgate.
Still, there will be some tonal changes behind the scenes from Catching Fire
. While Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy
) penned the Catching Fire
script, Emmy-winner Danny Strong
) is taking on writing duties for the decidedly darker, and divisive, conclusion. Catching Fire
is slated to arrive in theaters by November 22, 2013. Part 1 of Mockingjay
is scheduled for November 21, 2014, while Part 2 is set for November 20, 2015.
Additional reporting by Matt Patches.
[Photo Credit: Murray Close/Lionsgate]