Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gary Ross out; three finalists may direct The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire

The sequel is Catching Fire and will have someone else running the show.  It's official, Gary Ross will not be returning to the sequel for The Hunger Games.  News came out the other day that Ross didn't feel he had enough time to prep the sequel.  With only 19 months until the tentative release date, can you blame him?  Regardless if you agree with Hollywood's wacky ways, there's already a short list of possible replacements for Ross... an impressive short list that is.

/SlashFilm is reporting that Alfonso Cuaron, David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are in the running.  Let's go through each director and what they bring to the table:

Alfonso Cuaron
The man has an impressive resume.  With amazing foreign films, as well as domestic (Children of Men), he is a very versatile director.  His claim to fame is the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Many fans of the films consider it the best of the franchise.  He would make a great choice for the futurist world Ross built in The Hunger Games.

David Cronenberg
This man is an amazing story teller.  He directed terrific films such as, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.  His resume dates back to the 1960's and knows what he's doing!  His experience alone should keep fans of The Hunger Games relieved.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
This is perhaps the most interesting choice of the three men.  Inarritu has directed heart pumping dramas such as 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful.  His distinct style would work perfect for the philosophical aspect of the trilogy.  It's not his typical film choice, but this could be a great way to bring him to much bigger audience.

I'm conflicted because I think they each bring something special to the franchise.  It's very early in the process, but my vote goes to Cuaron; solely based on my love for his Harry Potter film.  So of the three men, who do you think should get the gig?

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