Los Angeles Times
Anyone who may be afraid that Francis Lawrence, the new director for The Hunger Games sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, will be toning things down violence-wise can relax. Franchise star Jennifer Lawrence promises, “He’s not trying to reinvent anything.”
In a recent interview with the LA Times, the actress said that Catching Fire will continue with the story’s intense and gritty feel. “The new movie will be very real,” Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen, told the Times, “which is what I’m excited about. I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in [original director] Gary Ross,” she added. “It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”
The sequel to the 2008 bestseller by Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of The Hunger Games.
Catching Fire begins shooting this fall, with the movie set for a November 2013 release.
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