Francis Lawrence Confirmed to Direct ‘Catching Fire’: Movie Will Be For the Fans

Foxface on Gary Ross' Exit
Jackie Emerson is 'so upset' Gary Ross not in for 'Fire.'
Casting Finnick
Who should play Finnick in 'Catching Fire'?
It’s official!

Though it’s been speculated for the last few weeks, Lionsgate has officially announced that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will indeed direct The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.

In a statement released by the director and studio that was posted on The Hunger Games’ official Facebook, he said:

“Hello fellow Hunger Games fans! I just want you all to know how unbelievably excited and honored I am to be a part of Catching Fire. At the end of the day, all of the work that I put in to my movies is for you — the fans. Make sure to post and let me know what you’re most excited to see in this adaptation as we aim to make something truly faithful and spectacular!”

He also added:

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne’s beloved trilogy, to the big screen. I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can’t wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved.”

This would’t be the first time Francis adapted a book into film, as he was behind the camera for last year’s Water For Elephants, which starred Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. In addition to that, he directed a number of popular music videos for artists such as Britney Spears, Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez. Check out some of the best here!

What do you think about this decision? Is Francis the right man for the job? Sound off in the comments!