There Won't Be a CGI Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games

Soon after the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, word came out that the final films in The Hunger Games would use a CGI duplicate to complete his performance as Plutarch. Now, director Francis Lawrence has said that they ultimately decided against it. It's probably for the best. » 11/18/14 2:00am 11/18/14 2:00am

How Catching Fire Fixed All the Worst Mistakes The Hunger Games Made

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire made all the money this weekend, raking in a record-topping $161.1 million. But that's not all this YA sequel did for the movie franchise. Catching Fire actually goes about unchecking our long list of problems with the first Hunger Games film, resetting the franchise both for die-hard… » 11/25/13 8:55am 11/25/13 8:55am

Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a captivating tale of privilege and PTSD

The second Hunger Games movie builds on the emotional intensity of the first, telling a harrowing story of what happens when you win a deadly game by playing dirty. Catching Fire is the rare film that's better than the original book. Even if you've memorized Suzanne Collins' text, you'll get something new out of it. » 11/22/13 9:00am 11/22/13 9:00am

How Catching Fire transformed Peeta from Wuss to Blood Covered Bad Ass

Peeta Mellark didn't get much to do in the first Hunger Games movie — so how do you make him cool enough to deserve Katniss Everdeen? We spoke with Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence about the many ways he decided to "expand" the the second chapter in the Hunger Games series. Including upgrading Peeta from baby… » 11/20/13 10:39am 11/20/13 10:39am

The Hunger Games Author Insisted the Cat Be Recast in Catching Fire

It's no secret the lazy cat casting from the first Hunger Games movie PISSED US OFF. Seriously, how hard was it to cast a yellow cat? Well, all that is about to be changed thanks to author Suzanne Collins and new Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence. Because that cat has been RECAST! » 11/12/13 7:25am 11/12/13 7:25am

Hunger Games: Catching Fire director promises NO SHAKY CAM

Francis Lawrence, director of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire revealed that he's ditching the much-dreaded shaky cam from the first movie. Thank goodness. » 10/08/13 12:08pm 10/08/13 12:08pm

First set pics from Catching Fire show new the Hunger Games training…

The first images from the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set have started leaking out, and so far it looks like the cast has a whole new training wardrobe. Plus catch your first peek at Finnick Odair, played by Sam Claflin. Some spoilers ahead. » 9/14/12 2:49pm 9/14/12 2:49pm

And here's Finnick! A little redder on top too.

Great News: An Andrew Niccol Script Replaces I Am Legend Prequel

We've been dreading the mooted I Am Legend prequel reteaming Will Smith and director Francis Lawrence. So we're delighted to hear the duo are instead working on a fantastical movie with a script by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Truman Show). » 7/10/09 12:37pm 7/10/09 12:37pm

The World Without Us Is Legend?

The writer-director team behind I Am Legend is making a science fiction movie out of The World Without Us, the hit non-fiction book about the ultimate post-apocalyptic world: one without humans altogether. » 4/02/09 10:00am 4/02/09 10:00am

In The Futuristic Samson And Delilah, Will Robots Cut His Hair?

We're all for futuristic Biblical remakes, but Samson and Delilah? That's a tall order. But Warners is all set for this to be a possible tentpole flick. » 1/27/09 4:30pm 1/27/09 4:30pm

What Should the "I Am Legend" Prequel Be About?

After the tremendous success of I Am Legend » 7/31/08 1:20pm 7/31/08 1:20pm, starring Will Smith as a scientist in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-plague-ravaged New York, Warners is going to follow up with a prequel. Director Francis Lawrence that the movie would star Smith, and would take place before the rise of the plague that empties out Manhattan…

io9 Talks To "I Am Legend" Designer David Lazan

The original concept art for I Am Legend was much bleaker and more post-apocalyptic than the movie's final look. Production designer David Lazan talked to us about why he and director Francis Lawrence opted for a more gorgeous back-to-nature look. Our interview, plus a concept art gallery, after the jump. » 12/24/07 9:00am 12/24/07 9:00am

"I Am Legend" Director Investigates Futuristic Plane Crashes

Chuck Palahniuk's book Fight Club was famously adapted into a total mindfuck of a film with heavy-handed satirical comments on America. His novel Survivor, which features a single passenger on a jet airplane dictating his life story into the plane's black box before slamming into the Australian Outback, was set to… » 12/03/07 2:30pm 12/03/07 2:30pm

Will Smith's journey as the last man in New York will end differently than planned. Warner Bros. made director Francis Lawrence reshoot the ending of I Am Legend, due in theaters Dec. 14. It's not clear what changed, but CHUD speculates the new ending may be more action-packed and upbeat. [CHUD.com] » 11/16/07 5:30am 11/16/07 5:30am