Francis Lawrence To See Out The HUNGER GAMES Series

CATCHING FIRE director to return for MOCKINGJAY 1 and 2.

I'm hoping Francis Lawrence steps it up on Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games. I quite liked the original film, and I'm hopeful for the rest of the series (even if they followed the horrible Harry Potter and Twilight trick of cutting the last book in two), but Lawrence directing makes me nervous. He's not a particularly good or interesting filmmaker, but if he's forced to keep in the vein that Gary Ross established, maybe it'll be okay.

Lionsgate certainly likes what he's doing with the currently-shooting Catching Fire - they've confirmed him to return for the two-part Mockingjay finale. I guess the good news is that this will keep Lawrence away from other projects for a whole bunch of years!

I haven't read the Hunger Games books, preferring to just experience them as movies. I'm curious what book readers think of Lawrence, director of I Am Legend and Constantine, being the guy to guide the series to the finish line.