While the filming for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has not yet started, Lionsgate is already looking for a director for the final installment in the trilogy, Mockingjay.
One of the previous potential directors, Gary Ross, has already stepped down from the franchise, citing difficulties with the ludicrously tight production schedule imposed by Lionsgate. The director of Catching Fire, Francis Lawrence, is also expected to drop out of the project to the studio’s insistence on completing every episode in the saga as quickly as possible.
Since there’s only a year spanning each film’s release, Lawrence would mostly likely still be working on post production for Catching Fire while Mockingjay’s pre-production is already underway. Due to this, producer Nina Jacobson is already vetting potential replacements in tandem with author Suzanne Collins.
Catching Fire is expected to open in the UK on 22 November 2013, with the two Mockingjay films set for 21 November 2014 and 22 November 2015 respectively.