Francis Lawrence Signs On to Direct Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire

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Francis Lawrence, director of I Am Legend and Water For Elephants, has been signed today to direct the upcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, according to Lionsgate.

Adapted from the second book in author Suzanne Collins' series, Catching Fire figures to continue the immense success of the Hunger Games franchise.

Francis Lawrence on the set of Water for Elephants

Lawrence stated that he "fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world" of Catching Fire, and that he "can't wait to dive right in."

For more on this highly-anticipated sequel, set to release on November 22, 2013, take a look at what Catching Fire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has to say about writing the film.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Quotes

Caesar Flickerman: Peeta, the wedding, never to be?
Peeta Mellark: Actually, we got married in secret.
Caesar Flickerman: A secret wedding. Alright, do tell.
Peeta Mellark: We wanted our love to be eternal. You know, Katniss and I were luckier than most. I wouldn't have any regrets at all, if it weren't... if...
Caesar Flickerman: If it weren't... for what? What?
Peeta Mellark: If it weren't for the baby.

[Eulogy for the fallen tributes of District 11] They fought with honor and dignity until the end. Both Thresh and Rue were so young. But our lives aren't just measured in years. The measure in our lives are the people we touch around us. For myself, for Katniss. We know that without Thresh and Rue, we wouldn't be standing here today.

Peeta Mellark

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