Francis Lawrence is an incredibly capable director.
“I am Legend” was actually a really good movie that was similar in tone, gravitas, and budget, and the style he used in that film, if I remember correctly, is pretty similar to the style used by Gary Ross in “The Hunger Games.” I have heard nothing but good things about “Water for Elephants,” and the only bad things I’ve heard about “Constantine” were about Keanu Reeves, and that kind of comes with the territory of making a movie with Keanu Reeves.
I am confident that Francis Lawrence will do a good job with “Catching Fire.” Just remember that just because Gary Ross is the one who made the first movie doesn’t mean he’s the only one who can make the next one. At least give the guy a chance before you write him off completely!
Oh, and here’s a mantra y’all should be repeating to yourself: The first movie taught the studio what the target audience is willing to pay millions of dollars for, and no one sets out to make a product that they don’t think anyone will buy. That was like, the plot of “The Producers,” and Mel Brooks, while hilarious, should not be the yardstick by which you measure reality. Movie studios are going to err on the side of caution, and they’re not going to make crazy departures that would risk losing money if they don’t have to. Now that they know what sells, they’re going to try to duplicate that success.