How Will The Screenwriters Tame Down Catching Fire?

As all The Hunger Games fans probably know, the screenwriters for The Hunger Games Movie tamed down some of the violence in the movie, which I think is so they could keep the rating PG. The movie wasn’t as intense a I imagined.

People who have read the whole trilogy know that it gets a bit more violent as the books go on. So how are they going to tame Catching Fire, which is more violent. If I or anybody else didn’t find it the first movie too violent, how will Catching Fire be?

I can’t wait to see what they do.

What’s your opinion or thoughts?

It’s Official! Francis Lawrence Will Direct Catching Fire

Francis Lawrence has finally accepted the offer to be director for Catching Fire from Lionsgate.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that Francis Lawrence has officially signed on to direct CATCHING FIRE, the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, based on the second in a series of books by Suzanne Collins that has 36 million copies in circulation in the US alone. The announcement was made by Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.

Lawrence, who is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has experience directing films that make him uniquely suited to handle the blend of character driven drama and high stakes action of CATCHING FIRE; among them are I AM LEGEND, CONSTANTINE, and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

Lionsgate, the cast, and filmmakers are all thrilled to have Francis Lawrence come on board as director of Catching Fire. Suzanne’s brilliant book is the intense story of the birth of the rebellion and Katniss’ emotionally charged journey as she takes on the mantle of the Mockingjay, and we all think Francis is the perfect director to bring the story to life,” said Erik Feig, Lionsgate’s President Of Production.

From the very beginning of this brilliant trilogy’s journey from page to screen, our first priority has been to stay true to the heart and soul of Suzanne Collins’ powerful stories. From my first conversation with Francis, I knew he would make a great partner for both me and Suzanne. His passion for Catching Fire and inspired ideas for a faithful adaptation make him the perfect director for this movie. I know this will be a wonderful collaboration and I cannot wait to get started,” echoed producer Nina Jacobson.

Said Francis, “It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne’s beloved trilogy, to the big screen. I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can’t wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved.”

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The film will be produced by Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Production is slated to begin this Fall, and the film will be released on November 22, 2013.

THE HUNGER GAMES has broken many box office records since it opened on March 23, 2012. It achieved the highest grossing opening weekend ever for any non-sequel film and the third biggest opening weekend in box office history. It has already grossed $373 million at the North American box office, ranking in the top 20 films of all time, and it recently crossed the $600 million mark in worldwide box office.”

Francis Lawrence to the Fans:

“Hello fellow Hunger Games fans! I just want you all to know how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be a part of Catching Fire. At the end of the day, all of the work that I put in to my movies is for you — the fans. Make sure to post and let me know what you’re most excited to see in this adaptation as we aim to make something truly faithful and spectacular!”

Pros/Cons Of Gary Ross Not Directing Cathing Fire

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Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

As everyone knows, Gary Ross is not returning to direct Catching Fire. I am very disappointed that he won’t be coming back. I have some pros and cons of him leaving

Con’s

1. The Hunger Games was a great movie and I loved how it was directed. But now with a new director, Catching Fire may not be the same, because different directors have different teqniques. So the movie might seem totally different.

2. Gary Ross and the cast all formed a special bond, now that there will be a new director, they will not have the same friendship.

Pro’s

I only have one,

It may be a good experience for everyone to see what it is like having a different director for the sequel, because they may direct differently.

What’s your opinionon Gary Ross leaving?