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Francis Lawrence To Direct Second 'Hunger Games' Film

Francis Lawrence To Direct Second 'Hunger Games' Film

Lionsgate has confirmed that "I Am Legend" and "Water For Elephants" helmer Francis Lawrence will take over in the next edition of the "Hunger Games" franchise. Earlier this month "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross confirmed that he would not return for the next film in the series "Catching Fire."

The film is set to hit theatres on November 22, 2012 and, according to hollywoodgossip.com, features even more impressive sets and production than "The Hunger Games." Thus far the first film in the series has been a box office smash, raking in $530 million at box offices world wide.

Ross reportedly butted heads with the studio over contract negotiations, but was also interested in pursuing other opportunities. Ross, who is also successful as a screenwriter, is rumored to have a new project in development that is worth more than Lionsgate's contract for "Catching Fire."

by RTT Staff Writer

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