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Hunger Games: Francis Lawrence gives Catching Fire info in interview

Director talks about what motivated his treatment of the second Hunger Games novel

With the release of the second movie in the 'Hunger Games' series, 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' just weeks away, director Francis Lawrence has been giving some insight into his mentality and approach to filming the second book in the 'Hunger Games' trilogy. Lawerence gave some indication of his attitude to 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' when he spoke to the media recently, in the midst of a busy schedule which includes promoting the second movie and working on the third movie in the 'Hunger Games' series, 'Mockingjay: Part I', which is already in production.

Lawrence stated that his focus with the second movie of the 'Hunger Games' series was to really bring the themes of the book to the big screen, although he also expressed his regret that some of the scenes from the book that he would have really liked to film didn't make the final cut. Condensing a script which reached 143 pages into a 2 hour, 15 minutes movie was a huge challenge for the production, and Lawrence stated that one of his hardest tasks was deciding which scenesshe would cut out of the final 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' movie.

Filming the second 'Hunger Games' movie has been a supreme challenge for Lawrence, despite the director's experience with movies such as 'I am Legend'. With the director of the much loved first movie in the 'Hunger Games' quadrilogy, Gary Ross, having dropped out due to perceived time constraints, and it being reported recently that 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has gone massively over budget, making the second film in the 'Hunger Games' series has not been without its challenges.

Lawrence also emphasised his determination to ensure that the second 'Hunger Games' movie is as faithful to the original text as possible. Lawrence expressed his love of the 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' novel, and stated that he had no intention of "reinventing" the storyline; authenticity was his motivation throughout the production and filming process. It is also apparent from Lawrence's comments that one of the themes which he considers particularly important from the novel is Collins' material on the consequences of war.

All in all, based on his comments, Lawrence looks to have taken a very sensitive approach to the second movie in 'Hunger Games' series, and with only a few weeks to wait for the release of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire', we will soon have the opportunity to sample his work.

Christophis Morris watches too many sci-fi films, has a keen interest in current affairs, and is a regular contributor to Yahoo on television, cinema, video games, technology and politics.

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