Lionsgate is sticking with "Catching Fire" director Frances Lawrence for "Mockingjay Part 1" and "Mockingjay Part 2," choosing consistency over directorial variety for its flagship "Hunger Games" franchise.
Lawrence, who is currently shooting the second movie in the Jennifer Lawrence series, will finish out with the third and fourth films, Lionsgate confirmed in a news release Thursday. The news was first reported by the movie website Collider.
In making that choice, Lionsgate is opting to give the series a consistent look and feel with Lawrence -- best known for directing the Will Smith zombie pic "I Am Legend" -- instead of switching up directors in the manner of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises. Those series did not have one director helming the majority of the pictures.
By locking in Lawrence, Lionsgate also avoids the drama it faced between the first and second picture in the Suzanne Collins adaptations, when Gary Ross made a very public departure and the studio embarked on a much-publicized mission to replace him.