Francis Lawrence Talks Mockingjay

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Francis Lawrence took over directing the Hunger Games franchise after some widely reported negotiations with director Gary Ross fell through. Signing on to Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, Lawrence assured us he was going to have some fun in the world Ross established.

“The fun thing about Mockingjay though is that we actually get to see a bunch of new districts,” Lawrence said last week at the Catching Fire press conference. “We get to see the Capital in a very new way. We’ll actually be down in the middle of the streets of the Capital which will be fantastic, but we worked with the production design team to make sure there was an aesthetic unity all the way through.”

Even in Catching Fire, Lawrence didn’t want to stray too far from what Ross built in The Hunger Games. He will continue to respect Ross’s basis for the world of Panem in the sequels.

“One of the things that I wanted to make sure of was that there was still an aesthetic unity to all of the movies. I thought Gary did an amazing job with the world building in The Hunger Games so we worked with the same production designer to make sure that the Capital still was built from the same architecture, that District 12 still had the same almost 1930s Appalachia feel. We're going to do the same with Mockingjay.”

See what Lawrence did with Catching Fire on November 22.

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