The march of the short-lists begins...
DIRECTING DISTRICT NEEDS TO SEND NEW HUNGER GAMES TRIBUTE: GARY ROSS FUCKS OFF OF CATCHING FIRE
The second book kind of has less of an edge than the first one, in thatWarning: Spoiler for 'Catching Fire' (Click to show)
it has barely any kid-on-kid violence. Except for Katniss and Peta, the cast is mainly made-up of older, adult characters.
This could attract directors who might not have considered doing a Hunger Games movie before, but the fact they'd still have to make it PG-13 and with teens in mind probably negates that.
Amen to that.
I suggested Noyce because he's one of the few journeyman, gun-for-hire directors out there who is pretty consistent.
Bigelow would have been a great choice for this series start to finish.
Should I mention I hate Pleasantville? Seems like the last time I'll be able to bring that up.
Yes please! It wouldn't happen, but it would be great if he got some nice big paychecks so that he could do fascinating things after that, forever. Sci-fi dystopia is kinda in his wheelhouse too.
I don't think Bigelow is interested in this sort of thing right now. If I'm correct, after Hurt Locker she was offered a few genre projects, including The Amazing Spider-Man (some studios are obviously trying to get another "Christopher Nolan result") , and turned them down.
Since no one really got your reference, I'll second it with evidence (and add he's directed solid episodes of nearly every HBO show from Six Feet Under to Deadwood to Game of Thrones):
I kinda love Plseantville, and if you think about it the themes suggest Ross as a perfect choice for The Hunger Games. But he directed it like he didn't give a fuck, so there goes that. The hand held camera shit got so tiring after a while. What a horrible choice.
If The Hunger Games was shot by somebody with chops like Bigelow, this movie would have been one of the best of 2012 for me up there with The Grey. Instead it's a decent movie that looks like it was made for TV. Bigelow has a kind of grace and perfectionism that Hunger BADLY needed.