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Lawrence Not Returning For "Mockingjay"

By Garth Franklin Wednesday July 18th 2012 10:35PM

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence will NOT be returning for the final two-film adaptation of the last of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" novels reports Variety.

Lionsgate is reportedly now seeking a new director for the finale as Lawrence will not be available. Already under pressure to get the second film out in double quick time, the quick turnaround for the final movies is the likely reason he won't be back onboard.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opens November 21st 2014 while "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" hits November 20th 2015.

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