As we wait for confirmation that Francis Lawrence will be directing The Hunger Games, let’s look at some of his most popular works. No, I’m not talking about I Am Legend, Water For Elephants or Constantine. I’m talking about his music videos!
Imagine our surprise when we found out that Francis Lawrence has directed some incredibly iconic music videos, from Britney Spears’s I’m a Slave 4 U to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. And while watching some of them, we noticed some signs that getting him to direct Catching Fire was the right move.
1. Janet Jackson – Someone to Call My Lover
Check out the house behind Janet. Looks a little… District 12-ish.
2. Nelly Furtado – I’m Like a Bird
The video is pretty much all set in the woods. It could very well be just beyond District 12’s fence. And guess who else is like a bird. KATNISS!
3. Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
As far as we’re concerned, Shakira might as well be standing on a pedestal, waiting to swim to the Cornucopia.
4. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Lady Gaga is Capitol-esque anyway, but this is THE video that showcases that. In it, she appears to be getting forcefully “remade”, à la Katniss in the remake center except more intense. Also let’s not forget that this is the Gaga on Fire video:
5. Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1
Charlie’s Angels Boot Camp? More like Capitol Training Center. Though their training outfits are much less practical then the ones in The Hunger Games. Also, now it’s Destiny’s Child on Fire:
6. Michelle Branch – Goodbye to You
In case you needed anymore convincing, part of this video involves Michelle Branch driving through woods that are on fire. Which obviously reminds us of this:
Have we convinced you yet? It’s fate! We shouldn’t be too worried about having a music video director work on Catching Fire. After all, Josh Hutcherson has already worked with one on a different movie and if you hadn’t heard, we loved Detention.
For more music videos directed by Francis Lawrence, check out his IMDb page. He’s done a lot of great work in the music video world. Some of our other favorites by him include the videos for Hands Clean by Alanis Morisette, Just Like a Pill by Pink, The Call by Backstreet Boys and Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne.
Now all we need is official word and we’re golden