We’re glad they’ve reached a compromise, and Tim Palen is staying to run marketing for Lionsgate-branded films (including The Hunger Games movies). We really want the marketing for the other movies to be just as amazing if not better than what was done for the first movie.
Episode 55: Lawrence Squared airs *LIVE* tonight at 10pm ET/7pm PT! We hope you’ll tune in! We’ll be talking all about Francis Lawrence and also playing Part 2 of our interview with Caroline Carpenter, author of Guide to The Hunger Games.
I feel like Miller would be a better choice. I'm not worried about him handling the effects because if we looked back in Gary's movies before THG, none of them had anything similar with the hunger games yet he managed to make a fantastic movie even though it wasn't his type. So Miller would definitely surprise us just like Ross plus he's good at making a really engaging, emotional movie just like Moneyball. Of course I would maybe rather have a different director other than Miller or Lawrence.
That’s a fair point, but then again, I’ve heard a lot of criticism about the effects in The Hunger Games, not that I necessarily agree with those criticisms but they’re there. Court and I were both hoping that whoever stepped in did have some action experience BUT a lot of Catching Fire is emotional story stuff so I see why Miller would be a choice and a good one. Like I said, I’d be happy with either, but just because a director is Oscar nominated doesn’t mean that they are necessarily the best fit for a movie.
If Miller gets offered the director’s chair, he will be forced to push back a movie that he’s been trying to get off the ground, that has just added Mark Ruffalo to the cast, and that is more his type of movie to direct. So it might even just come down to whether or not he’s willing to make himself available for it. -T
I would personally prefer Miller over Lawrence. Lawrence's background is mostly in music videos. Plus Miller was Oscar nominated for Moneyball and Capote.
I’m a bit torn with this because both of them are strong in what the other lacks. Lawrence has experience with effects (you see how he transformed New York for I Am Legend?) which will be very necessary for Catching Fire, plus he has experience in “world building” since he directed a few episodes of Kings (including the pilot). Miller has the credentials of being Oscar nominated and I liked Moneyball but he has no experience in directing large scale movies with tons of effects, which Lawrence does. Really, I’d be happy with either. Lawrence does have the advantage of having an open schedule which Miller doesn’t. - T