Lionsgate seeking new director for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay?

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
July 19th, 2012

Lionsgate are seeking a new director for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'.

The production company are reportedly on the hunt for a different director to spearhead the third instalment of Suzanne Collins' successful book trilogy because of their speedy release date plan for the final part of the franchise.

According to, an insider said: ''Summit's Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producers Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are currently vetting the right directors.''

Director Francis Lawrence has been confirmed to direct the upcoming second chapter, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', after the first film's director Gary Ross opted out of returning because Lionsgate are keen to release the sequel by November 2013 and need to start the production quickly.

It was announced last week that the third and final chapter will be spilt into two parts scheduled for release on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 respectively.

Tomas Alfredson ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'), Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu ('Babel'), Duncan Jones ('Moon') and Cary Fukunaga ('Jane Eyre') were all reportedly considered for the role of 'Catching Fire' director, so they are likely contenders to direct 'Mockingjay'.

It is not yet known whether Lionsgate are looking for separate directors for the two 'Mockingjay' movies.

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are all set to reprise their respective roles of Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark in 'Catching Fire', which is expected to be released on November 22, 2013.