The last film in the Hunger Games series, a series which, for the most part, has really surprised me with how good it is, hasn’t quite come out yet, but it seems that the director of all four films bar the first is already eyeing another project. Various websites inform us that it’s called Red Sparrow, and that it’s a spy thriller based on a novel of the same title by Jason Matthews. According to Deadline, the premise is this:
Set in contemporary Russia, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence and is drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service. Her first assignment is Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer, who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a sexual attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow.
The script is by American Hustle‘s Eric Warren Singer and actually two other prominent directors were interested in the project for a while. In 2013, Darren Aronovsky entered into talks to direct it, but they went nowhere, while soon after David Fincher was interested in a film which, it was proposed, could feature Rooney Mara from his version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. But this went nowhere too. Of course the Lawrence-directed version may not happen either as the man, whose other credits include the hugely underrated Constantine, I Am Legend, and Water for Elephants, is now a hot property and has two other options. In January we heard that he could be helming the James Cameron-produced underwater thriller The Dive which will re-unite him with Jennifer Lawrence, and not long after that we heard he was interested in directing a film of Homer’s Odyssey. And what’s the betting he will be involved in some capacity with these proposed Hunger Games spin-offs?
In the mean time, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is released on November 20, 2015.