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Lionsgate, the studio behind reigning box-office champion The Hunger Games, has a tight schedule to keep to reach the intended August/September start date for the sequel Catching Fire. Not only do executives not want the audience to cool down too much, but they also need to get star Jennifer Lawrence wrapped by Dec. 20, in time for her to begin work on the X-Men: First Class sequel in January. As if all that wasn’t enough, they also need to replace director Gary Ross, who bowed out because of the time constraints.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate has met with potential successors Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), but Lawrence seems to be the frontrunner because his schedule is more open. Expect a decision to be made very quickly because time is definitely of the essence.