19 April 2012 6:30 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Catching Fire director will be Francis Lawrence, among whose (few) feature-film credits are Reese Witherspoon / Robert Pattinson / Christoph Waltz's Water for Elephants, Will Smith's I Am Legend, and Keanu Reeves / Rachel Weisz's Constantine. Deadline.com reports that Lionsgate's other strong possibility, Moneyball / Capote director Bennett Miller, wanted the studio to delay filming so he could work on the prospective Steve Carell / Mark Ruffalo / Channing Tatum movie Foxcatcher. Lionsgate refused to do so because The Hunger Games and Catching Fire star Jennifer Lawrence must be ready to shoot 20th Century Fox's sequel to X-Men: First Class in January 2013. In addition to Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller, other contenders — or rumored contenders — for the Catching Fire directorial job were The Orphanage's Juan Antonio Bayona, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Children of Men's Alfonso Cuarón, Babel / 21 Grams' Alejandro González Iñárritu, Cosmopolis / A History of Violence' David Cronenberg, »

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