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Francis Lawrence to Direct 'Catching Fire'

Francis Lawrence to Direct 'Catching Fire'Francis Lawrence to Direct 'Catching Fire'

ET has learned that director Francis Lawrence has officially been named as Gary Ross' successor for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.

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Lawrence has directed such films as I Am Legend and Water for Elephants along with a long list of music videos for notable stars including Britney Spears and Aerosmith.

In April, Hunger Games director Gary Ross turned down the opportunity to continue directing the series. In a written statement, Ross cited the tight production schedule as a major reason for bowing out of the series, as the studio reportedly wants to start production in August.

Catching Fire is scheduled to release in November 2013.

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