#83 Fireside Chat: Four More Years? Sunday 04 November, 2012

“Four More Years?”

If you missed Episode 83 live tonight, no worries! You can click HERE to listen to it recorded or use the embedded player below.

Tonight’s outro music was by the very talented Eugene Goh.

The snazzy Obama-style Francis Lawrence “poster” used here was made thanks to Obamicon.Me.

Episode 83 of Hunger Games Fireside Chat will air live this Monday, November 5, at 10pm ET/7pm PT! This week, our panel of experts will include Theresa and Ellie from Down with the Capitol, Crystal from Mockingjay.net and FictionalFood.net, and Rebekah from Victor’s Village!

So, what can you expect from us on the eve of Election Day here in the United States?

– We’ll spend the first part of the show talking about the unexpected news that broke last Thursday: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will also be directing both Mockingjay films! We didn’t vote for him, but he was “re-elected” nonetheless. We have lots to say about this news, of course, but we also want to know what YOU think! Leave a comment below and tell us what you think about Francis Lawrence finishing off the franchise. We’ll try to share as many of your comments as possible!

– Since Election Day is nearly upon those of us in the U.S., we’ll spend the second half of the show discussing a variety of political topics:
Based on their views and ours, who would make a better president of Panem: Obama or Romney?
And who would be a better president of the U.S.: Snow or Coin?
“How do you think they do elections in Panem, if they even have them? Is it like a bloodline thing or do they have an election every few years?” (question submitted by Sym)
We may even revisit our infamous Snow vs. Coin debate.

– Ellie will clear up some confusion surrounding the changes that have been made to Victory Tour 2013. If you’re at all interested in attending what’s sure to be an incredible fan-run convention, be sure to tune in!

– To conclude, we’ll finally talk about poor old Lyme, who we’ve been neglecting for a couple of weeks now. (If you have no clue what we’re talking about, we’ll get you up to speed during the show.)

You can chat with other listeners throughout the live show by using our hashtag #HGFiresideChat on Twitter! We recommend TweetChat to easily follow along with the conversation.

(If you missed last week’s episode, click here to listen!)

And click here for an index of all of our archived episodes.

Follow this week’s participants on Twitter:
Adam (Host): @AdamSpunberg
Savanna (Co-Host/Producer): @MlleNouveau
Theresa: @RealOrNotReal / @HungerGamesDWTC
Ellie: @MuchMoreMacho / @HungerGamesDWTC
Crystal: @pikko / @mockingjaynet / @FictionalFood
Rebekah: @Rebekahdg / @VictorsVillage

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  • Maia says:

    I am really happy about that , I like Frances Lawrence a lot , he is awesome!

    I think With the continuity of directors will make this movie even more amazing.

    Now only if we can get Bradley Cooper in these films ?!

  • Satsuma says:

    Not touching the political topics with a ten-foot-pole, but re Francis Lawrence directing both CF and MJ: I guess this is a double-edged sword. And not just because he may or may not do a good job with the CF movie.

    I do think that this will bring continuity to the franchise that many fans assumed would be lost when it seemed Lawrence was just a last-minute replacement for Gary Ross, and would be jettisoned once CF was over. It means FL can confidently put his own stamp on the franchise, without being worried that his vision will clash with a later director. Even if that winds up being quite a departure from GR’s vision, I don’t think I’ll mind that much knowing that FL will be the one directing the majority of the movies.

    But, I remember all sorts of explanations earlier put forward by many industry insiders, why Lawrence would NOT be hired for MJ. Mostly, that the turnaround time between CF and MJ was just too short, that FL couldn’t possibly get all the CF post-production and marketing done and then jump into directing the MJ films without one or both of the movies taking a hit in terms of quality.

    Now, perhaps this is a sign that the CF filming is moving ahead of schedule, or that FL has proven himself to be either a really efficient director, or a great delegator. If the latter is the case, I hope that as much of the production crew as possible gets carried over from CF to MJ, since otherwise, we could still have continuity issues, even with the same director.

  • Tess says:

    I think it’s a good idea to have Francis finish off the entire series. Besides the consistency argument, I think a new director would struggle coming onto such a huge series. The only thing I’m concerned with is time. Will he have time to make all of them a a good caliber?

  • I feel quite mixed about the decision to bring Francis Lawrence back. On the one hand, it’s great along the lines of continuity issues. As being a HP fan experiencing how it was to have 4 different directors over the 8 films, it did take a toll on the films in some way, even just with the material. But, even then, having Chris Columbus do the first 2, and David Yates doing the last 4 was a lot better than having a different director for each film. On the other hand, nothing has been seen on film yet from FL for CF. Unless Lionsgate has seen some of what has been shot, this decision was made without any of that in his favor. Of course, no audience has seen any of the film either. So, it’s a little worrisome for Lionsgate to make this decision at such an early stage. Not that I don’t want to trust either Lionsgate or FL, I am definitely excited to see what FL does with CF, but until we see it, it’s hard to be completely behind this. I’m just being on cautious side. It’s definitely early, but hopefully we can trust Lionsgate on this.

  • Sym says:

    Wow! I can’t beleive you’re reading my question! Thanks! Your show is awesome!

  • Annie says:

    I personally think that they should have waited before they enlisted Lawrence as the director for Mockingjay part 1 and 2. I feel as though they should have waited for the fans response to Catching Fire before officially making their decision. The brightside to Francis being the director for the final two films is that Francis will be able to carry his vision through out the rest of the series. There wont be a bunch of director idea jumping so to say. The actors have had many great things to say about him and his plans to take Catching Fire farther then what the Hunger Games were taken, so knock on wood and hopefuly he will do justice to the Mockingjay plot line.

  • Grace says:

    Although I can’t judge Francis Lawrence as a director, (i’ still have yet to watch any of his movies) I think its a good idea to have continuity director-wise throughout the series. Just like each Harry Potter director change the franchise, I’m sure if the Hunger Games directors were changed after each movie, the series would constantly change, and it may even hurt the franchise.
    Overall, I’m glad that Francis Lawrence will direct Mockingjay.

  • Alex says:

    I loved your little political debate, even though I’m Mexican so I’m not really informed about the ways your politics work. THG is a highly political trilogy, so I thought it was interesting you decided to talk a bit about it 🙂

    • Savanna says:

      Thanks, Alex! We always like to incorporate current events into our shows if possible!

  • Savanna says:

    And thanks to everyone for all the great comments!

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