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Catching Fire: Is the Best Director Always the Better Filmmaker?

by Adam Charles.

Few things have been as equally discussed and deliberated over the past few weeks than that of who Lionsgate was going to choose to take the reigns from Gary Ross to direct the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise. The first film had one of the biggest opening weekends in history (and it didn’t even require 3D price-hikes to get there), earned a positive majority from critics, and has a dedicated fanbase that defies demographic lines of fandom; and they’re chomping at the bit to see the next adaptation in the series, Catching Fire, as quickly as possible.

Neither Lucas, Spielberg, or even Peter Jackson’s franchises could replicate just how much of the domestic populous is waiting for the next picture.

The studio was working with a rigidly limited time-frame of their own making by trying to get the next installment into theaters by next Spring. This was further complicated by only having a few months left to shoot before star Jennifer Lawrence has to revert her attention over to her other franchise role at Fox as Mystique in the next X-Men film. Oddly enough, the director of that franchise might have made a pretty good candidate to take over the position Lionsgate was trying to fill.

Over the past few weeks there were news items of Lionsgate wish-lists of filmmakers they wanted to approach with David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron topping the list of experienced and critically-lauded directors. They are three of the most uniquely talented filmmakers in world cinema, so they obviously sparked deep intrigue from cinema lovers. I imagine the majority of the fans of The Hunger Games have no idea who any of them are; nor really care.

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