Director Francis Lawrence Talks THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Inheriting the Cast, Deleted Scenes, MOCKINGJAY Parts 1 and 2, and More

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Opening this weekend in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger GamesCatching Fire.  Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other.  The sequel also stars Liam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJena MaloneSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Lawrence. He talked about inheriting the cast that Gary Ross assembled, whether he was nervous about making Catching Fire, the length of his assembly cut, deleted scenes, and the shooting schedule for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 (he reveals they’ve already shot five weeks on the sequels).  Hit the jump to watch.

If you missed my video interviews with Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson or Liam Hemsworth & Woody Harrelson, click the links.

Francis Lawrence:

  • What was he most nervous about in making Catching Fire?
  • Talks about inheriting the cast as he’s never directed a sequel.
  • How long was the assembly cut?
  • Are there a lot of deleted scenes and will they be on the Blu-ray?   Says the scenes they cut out will be on the Blu-ray.
  • Talks about his shooting schedule for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.  Reveals they’ve already shot 5 weeks on the film.

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  • pickaname

    Stevie, my man! You really gotta stop saying “I gotta go” at the end of every interview. I know that you don’t mean it to be rude in any way, but as a fan of yours who’s watched you for a long time, it always just seems out of place when you say that. It just gives the wrong impression of who you are as an interviewer. Otherwise, great job on everything else!

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      In the context of what’s going on, there is no bad impression at all. The person being interviewed sits there as reporter after reporter comes in for a short time to talk with them. It’s the way it works and Steve is just letting him know that he is being told he has to step out for the next person.

      It IS interesting how it looks to someone who doesn’t view it in that context though. I’d never seen it from that perspective.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      In the context of what’s going on, there is no bad impression at all. The person being interviewed sits there as reporter after reporter comes in for a short time to talk with them. It’s the way it works and Steve is just letting him know that he is being told he has to step out for the next person.

      It IS interesting how it looks to someone who doesn’t view it in that context though. I’d never seen it from that perspective.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I was nervous about Lawrence’s direction as his background has been up an down. I loved Constatine and thought I am Legend was good minus the CGI creatures (shouldn’t just stuck with actors in make up). But he still has a great eye and everything I have read says that he has improved upon the original. It’s a shame he will be busy filming the next two films for the next two years as WB could use someone of his talents to help direct one of their DC films (Flash, Wonder Woman, Justice League, etc).

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