updated 04/20/2012 AT 9:40 AM ET
•originally published 04/20/2012 AT 9:50 AM ET
There’s a new Head Gamemaker in town.
Director Francis Lawrence reportedly has been tapped to helm Catching Fire, the sequel to reigning box-office blockbuster The Hunger Games.
Lawrence, who last directed Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in 2011’s Water for Elephants, won the job after Games director Gary Ross dropped out, citing time constraints due to the sequel’s “fixed and tight production schedule.”