Francis Lawrence to Direct Final 'Hunger Games' Films, 'Mockingjay' Part 1 and 2

Francis Lawrence

"The movie business and film crews are a little like the circus: We travel around in a pack, we're a big family for a finite period of time, and we roll into someplace and cause a bunch of damage and roll out. There's some similarities."

The "Catching Fire" helmer will finish the series, which should end with a final release in 2015.

Like Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, Francis Lawrence is returning to the arena.

Lionsgate has tapped the director for the final two films of the series, Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Lawrence is currently shooting Catching Fire, the second installment of the smash YA adaptation series, in Atlanta.

The final two films in the Hunger Games series, which center on the life-or-death struggles of Katniss Everdeen in and out of the arena, will hit theaters Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 will be written by Danny Strong and star Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The two films, which are being adapted from a single novel, follow the heroine’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

The first installment of the Hunger Games franchise has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide. The highly anticipated Catching Fire opens in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

Francis Lawrence’s directing credits also include Water for Elephants, I Am Legend and Constantine. He is repped by CAA.