I know it’s hard to fathom, and God knows the thought of it actually hitting our retina’s probably makes some of us shake and shiver with joy and apprehension, but according to a report that hit the Internet about two weeks ago, and was seemingly trumped by multiple stories/rumors having to do with Catching Fire, Lionsgate is shopping for a director (or directors), for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. Yeah, I know– we don’t even have the full cast-list for Catching Fire, and Mockingjay is already a step closer to pre-production, who would-uh thunk it, right? Being the somewhat forward thinking person that I am, this information makes me think of three things. Obviously the first thing is, wait for it– who’s going to play Coin, who’s going to be Boggs, and then of course, who are going to be the crazy people who take on a these-action-packed-emotionally-gripping-movie-things! I’ve already put out two articles about who I think would be good for Boggs, but that was before the cast list of the series was put on a whole other level with The Man himself, aka Philip Seymour Hoffman, thusly almost everyone I thought of doesn’t match-up to his talent, or reputation. So, sadly, you’re all going to have to sit through a few Boggs fantasy casting articles in the future, I’m so sorry. Just know, they’ll be to the gills with shiny award nominees and winners. Coin’s a whole other beast though, and I know people already have a few ideas for who they can picture in the role, and yet again because of Hoffman’s involvement in the series, the actress who takes on Miss Creepy herself, is going to have to be at the top of the echelon of actresses in their late 40s and into their 50s.
Enough about actors though, sometimes we just need to talk about directors. When Gary Ross bowed out of directing Catching Fire, a few names were thrown around in both the media and amongst fans. Let’s just say it now– a lot of people would cry bloody murder if Mr. Alfonso Cuarón’s name was thrown into the mix again. Erm, but for me– because I am not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I’d be bordering on okay with it, because as a movie fan foremost, he made the most interesting adaptation in that series in my opinion. Again, I am not a Harry Potter fan, so I came into that film with no preconceived notions, and left it satisfied and intrigued to see the next in the series– therefore I think the man did his job. Enough about Cuarón!
Other names that honestly, I never once saw in the media, but were brought up in
conversations I had with fellow fans, and then now are actually coming to have been on actual lists Lionsgate had, Duncan Jones. Jones is probably best known for the morally thought provoking 2011 film Source Code, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, and he also directed what I think was one of the least seen, and most underrated films of 2009, Moon. Jones is somewhat of a novice where it comes to the movie business, however I only say that because he only has five titles listed on his IMDb page, and one of them is a short film, and two others are only in pre-production, but the films that have seen the light of day can prove to pretty much anyone who takes the time to watch them, that Lionsgate would not be looking in the wrong direction if he were considered for either one of The Mockingjay’s. Also, maybe he could convince Sam Rockwell to consider playing Boggs, ’cause he starred in Moon, and he’s also freakin’ amazing. Think about it?
Let’s get a lady up in here, shall we? Okay, I know it’s a shot in the dark, and a few other cliché phrases, but bear with me for a tick– Kathryn Bigelow. Yep, Kathryn Bigelow of Point Break fame, but more so than that, the only woman to ever win Best Director at The Oscars for none other than the extremely intense, and masculine war film, The Hurt Locker. Bigelow is probably my top fantasy choice for being involved in this franchise, because I think she’d bring a whole other flavor to the story by A. being a woman. and B. being a woman who’s never made a girl movie before. I think she’d find it hell-uh intriguing to take on a project that is a war film, and has a female as the lead who’s not Ripley, an android, an alien, or a fairy. Also, according to her IMDb page, she’s in post-production on her most recent project, meaning she’s wide-open for another project on the horizon. Could that project please be one of The Mockingjay’s, please?
Lionsgate, hear my plea– court this woman, this franchise needs a lady with gumption, and experience with intensity, action sequences, and war themes!
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