Hunger Games, the first of the book-to-film trilogy, grossed over $155 million it’s opening weekend, making it the third largest opening ever. The cast gained instant fame and cemented their roles as epic characters, just as their counterparts did in the Harry Potter and Twilight movies. The only thing missing was a director.
Lionsgate films finally chose director Francis Lawrence and made the announcement May 3, 2012. Since then, the cast has gradually started to meet with the director who is known best for films Constantine (2005), I Am Legend (2007) and Water for Elephants (2011). He is also a popular music video director and has worked with Will Smith and Britney Spears in the past.
Elizabeth Banks signed on once again to play Effie Trinket, the official (and highly disliked) escort of the District 12 tributes, and was eager to meet the new director.
Read on to hear more about what Elizabeth has to say about the film.
Marc Malkin from E! News had the chance to catch up with Banks at the Maui Film Festival where she received the Navigator Award.
“Let me tell you whats fun – to have the job before the director!” she said. “That has never happened ever in my life.”
Of course Banks, along with all of her co-stars, are not divulging any details. She was also not the first or last star to talk Catching Fire with Francis Lawrence. Star Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta and is involved in the Katniss love triangle, got the chance to meet up with the director as well.
He told Malkin at the MTV Movie Awards, “He’s fantastic. He’s such a smart guy. He has some great ideas for the movie.”
News broke just last week that the film will also be showing in IMAX Theaters when released in November 2013. I guess we will just have to see what the new director has to bring to the table. Who knows, maybe this franchise even has the potential to be bigger than Twilight? It certainly has the star power and directing potential.