The search for a Hunger Games director is on
The Hunger Games is still the number one movie in the country, going on its fourth week at the top of the box office charts, a feat no film has done since Avatar.
The second installment in the series, Catching Fire, is on a tight schedule so it can make its release date next November, which is unfortunately one reason Gary Ross won’t be helming the next one.
Ross is the screenwriter / director of Seabiscuit and he also wrote the Tom Hanks comedy Big, and the Ivan Reitman comedy Dave.
He’s a wonderfully unique writer and director, and it’s a shame he won’t be back for the next Hunger Games installment.
Still, the franchise must go on, and a new helmer’s goint to have to be found soon so Catching Fire can be made this summer. Remember, Jennifer Lawrence only has a short window of time in her schedule before she returns to the X-Men series.
While there’s no official word yet who’s being looked at to take over, there’s been some interesting lists popping up on line of who fans would like to see, and some Internet rumors also came up of course as to who could possibly be the next Hunger Games director. Movieline and the L.A. Times just ran a list of alleged candidates, and they’re a very interesting bunch indeed, if there’s any truth to them.
The first name that jumped out at me was David Cronenberg, and he’d be a great choice. Cronenberg of course is the fame Canadian auteur of terror who gave us such great horror films as Rabid, Scanners and The Fly, and in more recent years he’s given us A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and Naked Lunch. Cronenberg’s making movies as good, if not better, than ever, and I would absolutely welcome him as the next director of the Hunger Games series.
Also mentioned was Alfonso Curon (Harry Potter), who I think was also mentioned on a fan list as a good possible replacement, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (24 Grams, Babel), who would be a very interesting choice as well. T
here’s supposedly seven or eight directors on this list of potentials, and the three mentioned here would definitely bring a much darker vision to the Hunger Games, if they’re indeed being considered in the first place.
Again, it’s too bad to see Gary Ross go, but if directors of this caliber are being considered, it’s a big step in the right direction.