…but will likely revise that list when they realize that none of the three will likely sign on to direct anything remotely this mainstream.
According to the 24 Frames blog on latimes.com, Lionsgate would like either David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron or Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu to direct The Hunger Games sequel.
In fairness, Cuaron did direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but he also said he’d never direct another franchise picture again. Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Naked Lunch) is an interesting choice, but talk about a guy who has his middle finger extended at “the establishment” with every picture he does. Then there’s Innaritu (21 Grams, Babel), who seems to fit well with the “shaky-cam” immediacy that the first film employed, but he’s even further away from the mainstream than the other two.
Who would you like to see take over this franchise? Personally, I’d love to see someone like Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Narc) or Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) take over if they’re looking for auteurs, which clearly they are. I’m amazed Guillermo del Toro hasn’t been brought up as well, since he seems to be attached to everything for at least a week these days…