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Francis Lawrence to direct all 'Hunger Games' sequels

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The odds are ever in Francis Lawrence's favor.

Lionsgate announced Thursday that "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" filmmaker will also direct "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay  Part One" and "Part Two." Lawrence previously directed the Will Smith post-apocalyptic thriller "I Am Legend" and stepped in to direct "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" after director Gary Ross departed the franchise.

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"The Hunger Games" films star Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as child tributes that battle to the death in a dystopian future. The movies are based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.

The original "Hunger Games" film was released earlier this year. "Catching Fire" is scheduled to debut Nov. 22, 2013, followed by "Mockingjay  Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay  Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015.

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Nov 1, 2012 4:26PM
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Why does everything have to be split up into parts? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Breaking Dawn, The Hobbit, and now Mockingjay.
Nov 2, 2012 12:57AM
Nov 2, 2012 5:40AM
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I agree with ThatGuy.  Books give more details than movies do, and movies often deviate from the book-story.  If I had not read Dune I'd have not had a clue what the heck was going on when I saw the movie.  Just one example, of many.  Lucky for us that most filmmakers won't trash up the writer's story that badly.
Nov 2, 2012 2:37AM
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My 12 year old son and I attended the first opening of The Hunger Games here locally.... Now the simple fact that he sat through the entire movie was impressive with-in its self.... We both had a few laughs and both freaked out as events unfolded....

I don't see a repeat of that ever happening again though....

Nov 1, 2012 6:12PM
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They all want to be like Harry Potter because it was successful like that and I think the fans appreciate more accuracy with the book. I personally think they should split all the films. 100% of the time it's book> movie
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