What Bryan Konietzko said:We’ve always loved those kind of teen love triangle type stories and there was plenty of that in the original series. We’re definitely getting into it in this series.
What Bryan Konietzko meant:We really loved how much fans freaked out and threatened to do bodily harm to one another over the love triangles in the original series. We totally want to do that to you again. Because that was fun.
“Some Nickelodeon executives were worried, says Konietzko, about backing an animated action show with a female lead character. Conventional TV wisdom has it that girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won’t watch shows about girls. During test screenings, though, boys said they didn’t care that Korra was a girl. They just said she was awesome.”—
Earlier this week, Gary Ross officially withdrew from directing The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. With any story, there are multiple sides to it. Ross wanted a larger paycheck for the sequel from Lionsgate; Ross wasn’t nuts about the other books in the series; Ross didn’t feel like he had enough time to make the best film possible (Production on Catching Fire has begin in August so Jennifer Lawrence can start on the X-Men: First Class sequel [contractual obligation] in January 2013. In addition, Catching Fire is already penciled in for a November 2013 release).
Lionsgate and Hunger Games producers have assembled a list of directors that they would like to direct the next film. According to 24 Frames, David Cronenberg, (A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises) Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Y tu mama bien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores perros, Babel) are just some of the names on this wish list.
Before one gets their hopes up about David Cronenberg’s take on the all star edition of the Hunger Game, every producer and studio creates a master list, wish list of directors that they would like to see direct their hot script. It doesn’t matter if the director is known primarily for writing their own material, they’re going to be on that list and there might be some discussions. For example, David Lynch was offered Return Of The Jedi and Cronenberg was offered Top Gun.
In addition, let’s look at the logistics and scheduling for these three directors:
Alfonso Cuaron is still in post production on his effects heavy space epic, Gravity. Also, Cuaron’s cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki is currently working with Terrence Malick. So, he’s out.
David Cronenberg just finished or is putting the finishing touches on Cosmopolis. He could be available.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is developing a couple of projects to direct, but how far along are those productions? Perhaps Inarritu will jump on just to work and use any cache earned from directing the film to help push more of the personal projects along.
Of those three, Inarritu might make the most interesting film. He’s great with actors, directing five actors to Oscar nominations, but he’s an inexperience action director. It’s not to say that he can’t rise to the challenge, but with so much action in the book, it seems ideal to have an action director or with experience.
At the end of the day, the producers and Lionsgate should ask Jennifer Lawrence to give them a list of who she wants to work with. Obviously, the studio must appease Suzanne Collins, but Jennifer Lawrence is just as important. Happy cast, happy film.
UGHHH I DON’T KNOWWWW SUCH MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THIS >_< Granted, all three of them have made some pretty amazing movies but still…when I first read this article, I wasn’t like “Wowza! *insert one of the three directors* would be perfect for Catching Fire” :/