Back in April, The Girl With The Pearl talked about Jennifer Lawrence And The Studio Games, where the production schedule for Catching Fire was largely impacted by her commitment to the X-Men sequel. Fox said they needed Jennifer in January, and she’s contractually obligated to be there. No biggie, except that it would mean that principal photography with Jennifer for Catching Fire would need to be shot before then, very much limiting the time available to prep and film the damn thing. An important note is that, even back then, while Fox insisted filming would start in January, there were reports that they were nowhere near a finished script.
Before we get into it, Fox is well within their rights to ask for Jennifer if that’s when they’re to start filming. She signed onto that franchise first so they get first dibs. That’s how The Studio Games work, after all.
But who is really surprised that Fox finally budged?
You can’t start filming without a finished script, and even if it is completely done, pre-production takes months,especially with such a big movie. We’re still shocked that Francis Lawrence got production up and running for Catching Fire so quickly. Fox most likely would have always had to push production back at least a little bit.
And back to the question at hand, what does this mean for us?
Well, most importantly, production for Catching Fire does not have to be on such a time crunch. As soon as we knew shooting Catching Fire was on a deadline, we could hear the clock tick-tick-ticking away (Tick tock, Wiress would say). If Fox truly won’t start shooting X-Men until April, we can relax a little. We already have an inkling that Francis Lawrence is trying to shoot as much footage as possible, so hopefully this could mean even more.
So thanks, Fox, for doing what you were probably always going to do.
Am I the only one who isn’t quite understanding that X-Men title?