'Hunger Games' sticks with Lawrence
Updated: 2012-11-02 10:43
Director Francis Lawrence poses at the premiere of "I Am Legend" in London December 19, 2007.[Photo/Agencies]
The announcement follows months of rumors that Lionsgate might go with a different director to helm the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" - the final part of the trilogy which will be split into two separate films.
The "I am Legend" director is currently filming the second film in the franchise, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", slated to hit theaters in November 2013. "Mockingjay - Part 1" is scheduled for a November 2014 release with Part 2 coming a year later.
Gary Ross directed the first film in the blockbuster, which was released in March and has since grossed some $670 million worldwide.
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have signed on for the final two films, the studio said in a statement.
The films are adapted from the best-selling young-adult novels from author Suzanne Collins. The trilogy, set in a dystopian future, tells the story of a life-or-death game through the eyes of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence).
The final installments follow Everdeen leading her native Panem in a rebellion against the corrupt Capitol in a post-apocalyptic North America.
Lawrence is known for his action and science-fiction thrillers including "I am Legend", "Constantine" and the NBC miniseries "Kings".
Jennifer Lawrence earned an Oscar nomination for playing a tough young woman in a gritty drug drama, but as she becomes a role model to young girls in her latest film "The Hunger Games", the actress wants to clean up her act.
Cast members attend the premiere of "The Hunger Games" at Nokia theatre in Los Angeles, California March 12, 2012. The movie opens in the US on March 23.
Post-apocalyptic action movie "The Hunger Games" opened with a staggering $155 million at US and Canadian box offices, the highest domestic opening for a movie that isn't a sequel.