It's official: The final 2 Hunger Games films now have a director

Worried about who would steer the last leg of Suzanne Collins' sci-fi trilogy into home? Plunder your Halloween candy pail, take a Kit-Kat break and relax. It's someone you already know.

Lionsgate has just announced that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will also take the reins for the two-part film adaptation of Mockingjay. After The Hunger Games' original director, Gary Ross, dropped out over timing and film scheduling issues to rush the sequel to screen, Lawrence was swiftly tapped for Catching Fire. He's expected to roll cameras on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2 as soon as Catchng Fire, set to open Nov. 22, 2013, and filming now, is in the can. Mockingjay Part 1 is due in theaters Nov. 21, 2014, with Part 2 to be delivered on Nov. 20, 2015.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen's journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

Lawrence's other directing credits include Constantine, Water for Elephants and I Am Legend. Mockingjay will star Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

What do you think of the choice? Can Lawrence handle the pandemonium in Panem, or will his A-game fail in the final inning?

(via Collider)

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