Director Francis Lawrence, currently shooting “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” will stay with the franchise to direct parts 1 and 2 of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
The filmmaker, best known for directing the Will Smith thriller “I Am Legend,” stepped in to direct “Catching Fire” when original “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross left the franchise due to scheduling conflicts.
“Mockingjay” parts 1 and 2 conclude the saga of Katniss Everdeen and her struggle against the autocratic government of Panem. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Donald Sutherland are all expected to return.
“Catching Fire” ignites November 23, 2013, while the last two films will be released on November 21, 2014, and November 20, 2015, respectively.