Credits: Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna
Pros: Lee’s been very vocal about wanting to be considered for more big-budget projects and the crackerjack 2006 heist thriller Inside Man demonstrated that he’s more than capable of delivering great mainstream entertainment that’s still filled with his trademark visual pizazz. Let’s not forget as well that he’s been making movies about characters fighting the powers that be — as Katniss and a new crop of tributes do in Catching Fire — as far back as Do the Right Thing. Plus, it would save him from having to go through with that English-language Oldboy remake, which is just a bad idea on so many levels.
Cons: Lionsgate is probably looking for a less combative director whose artistic choices they can more easily control. (That’s the same reason they’d probably pass on another one of our favorites, Steven Soderbergh, who shot a few second-unit scenes on the first Hunger Games.)
Similarities to The Hunger Games: Also stars Jennifer Lawrence as one point in a love triangle.
Okay, so this romantic drama doesn’t involve physical violence, but the characters do suffer some pretty serious emotional pain. Lawrence plays the girlfriend of a furniture maker (Anton Yelchin) who is still in a long-distance relationship with the British girl (Felicity Jones) he fell hard for a few summers ago. Psst, Anton… Felicity is adorable and all, but if Jennifer is also in the mix, it’s really no contest.
Introduced In: Her name is mentioned in Catching Fire, but she doesn’t actually enter the narrative until Mockingjay.
Who She Is: A former tribute who went mad following her experience in the 70th Hunger Games, Annie is originally picked to compete alongside former mentor Finnick in the All Star 75th edition, but is mercifully replaced by a volunteer. Finnick still carries a torch for her, though, and is particularly displeased when she’s kidnapped by the Capitol to be used as a pawn in the coming war.
Who We Like for the Role: Seeing as how she already plays a slightly-crazed Annie on one of our favorite shows, Community’s Alison Brie seems like perfect (type)casting.
Read more: Hunger Games: Casting the Sequels
For starters, Jennifer Lawrence was only 12 in 2002 — luckily, Kristen Bell (who was 22 in ‘02) was still playing teenagers at the time, and would go on to star as a 17-year-old in Veronica Mars not two years later. Despite this casting opportunity that’s obviously amazing in retrospect, at the time audiences barely knew who Bell was, and casting directors would have likely gone with 10 Things I Hate About You star Julia Stiles (a badass in her own right), Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku or Josie and the Pussycats leading lady Rachael Leigh Cook.
Better Now or Then? Our apologies to Dushku fans, but we can’t see anyone but Lawrence in this role at this point.
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)
Based On: The long-running YA franchise created by Ann M. Martin that published some 213 novels over the course of its initial 14-year lifespan.
Hollywood Pedigree: The movie marked the feature film debut of future teen star Rachael Leigh Cook and future singer (and daughter of Sissy Spacek) Schuyler Fisk.
Domestic Box Office Tally: $10 million
Why It Failed to Launch: The book series was already on the downswing when the movie hit theaters — had it been released in the late ’80s/early ’90s it might have been able to ride the wave to a second movie.