Now that Gary Ross will not direct Catching Fire, the search is on for his replacement. We already know that Simon Beaufoy is writing the screenplay and that is in some seriously good hands. There is a myriad of ways that this hiring process could go, but we have narrowed it down to ten helmers we think could work.
Duncan Jones has a firm hand on suspense while still bringing the characters to the forefront with his work on Moon and Source Code. Jon Favreau is a solid director (Iron Man) who can handle anything thrown his way, except for a meddling studio (Iron Man 2). Bryan Singer knows his way around big franchises with his work on X-Men and Superman. Now, Alfonso Cuaron gave us our best Harry Potter adaptation with Prisoner of Azkaban and could do the same with Catching Fire. Kathryn Bigelow, on the other hand, could bring her explosive directing style from The Hurt Locker to The Hunger Games franchise.
We’d like to see what Steven Spielberg does with something that he did not create and see if that challenges the auteur to further greatness. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird successfully made the jump to live action after a stellar career in animation. We could see his handprints all over the next chapter in Katniss' adventure. Someone who knows about taking a book and bringing it to the screen is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov. Now that David Fincher is free from directing the second in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, he could swing over to Suzanne Collins’ world and head up the sequel to Ross’ film. Lastly, Debra Granik made magic with Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone and has the chops to pull off a feat of the fantastical with the THG sequel.
So then, tell us...
Who should direct Catching Fire?