A second major consideration is the visual and creative palette Francis Lawrence brings to the table. So far, he’s directed three motion pictures – “Constantine,” “I Am Legend,” and “Water For Elephants” – each of which was based upon a book. All three movies were semi-large productions with complicated visual aspects.
Whether it was a Keanu Reeves versus the heavens fight scene, Will Smith hunting deer with a red Mustang in Manhattan, or Reese Witherspoon dancing atop a giant elephant, Lawrence added weight to the moments with excellent set selection. Put simply, the man knows how to create a backdrop.
And this will be mighty important for “Catching Fire,” as the film will introduce a few new landscapes – Victor’s Village, some of the as-yet-unseen Districts, and an all-new arena (which just so happens to be twelve times as complicated as the first). If there’s anything we can be confident about with Francis Lawrence in charge of the film, it’s that these new settings will be stunning.
The Twitterverse seems to agree that his former work is encouraging for “Catching Fire.”
@ggetters – Ah I like Francis Lawrence, Catching Fire will be as good as it deserves to be if Water For Elephants is anything to go by
@frannieees – Oh my god. Francis Lawrence directed I Am Legend. I approve of him for Catching Fire.
@MayNadalxx – Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed I Am Legend. It’s okay. It’s all good.
A director like Francis Lawrence can ably step in and work within the built-in parameters, juice up the settings and action sequences, and ultimately yield a decent sequel. A win for everybody, all things considered.