In case you haven't heard, there was some heart breaking news yesterday: Gary Ross will not be returning to Catching Fire. This obviously leads us to wonder what brave individual will be the next one to rise to the challenge of not only living up to the high bar set by Ross, but to do so with an extremely limited preproduction schedule. Keep also in mind, said director must have the time to do it (many directors already have other commitments) and MUST have the passion and a clear understanding of what the books are about. Oh, and I suppose it would be a good thing that they conform to Ross' original vision for sake of consistency.
Here are our picks for directors we would want the most, a mix of pie in sky dreams and viable candidates!
Okay, my pie in the sky dreams. Director of some of my favorite films such as Inception and The Prestige, he could do wonders with the multiple storylines occuring in Catching Fire. Most likely he is far too busy with post production for Dark Knight Rises and working on Man of Steel. The same goes for Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott. A girl can dream, can't she?
2. Steven Soderbergh
Most known for the Ocean's movies, definitely a solid choice for Catching Fire. I just loved how he handled the District 11 riot scene in The Hunger Games. Most likely a large pricetag, I would trust him to handle Catching Fire.
3.The Coen Brothers
Joel and Ethan Coen have directed some of the coolest films of our time! They're responsible for films such as O Brother Where Art Thou and the legend, The Big Lebowski. Not sure how their schedule is, but might give Catching Fire a nice edginess.
4. Ron Howard
Ron Howard's the man! Do I need to explain all the great work he's done over the years? He seems to have a great handle on multiple genres, and would do great with working with younger actors. We say, "Yes, please!"
5. Kathryn Bigelow
Here's an interesting choice that's being thrown around. She directed Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker and the new film about Navy Seal Team 6. Granted she's got a great handling on war, but interestingly enough she's a big painter. I wonder if any of that would come into play with Peeta's storyline in Catching Fire?
Well Lionsgate, it looks like you've got a tough job ahead of you! I wish you guys the best of luck, and we hope that you will keep consistency with The Hunger Games in mind, and may the odds be ever in your favor.