The Playlist points to crew tweets announcing Soderbergh’s involvement, and verified that they are correct. (The tweets include, “Holy shit! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good!” from electrician Chrys Blackstone.)
This might seem strange at first, but Steven Soderbergh and Gary Ross have a friendship that goes back some years, and The Hunger Games production designer Phil Messina is also a frequent Soderbergh collaborator. Combine those factors with the fact that the film is shooting very quickly — the release date is only about seven months out — and for Gary Ross having someone in charge of the second unit who is both a long-time confidante and a notoriously fast worker probably seems like a tremendous gift.
Soderbergh Directing 2nd Unit on “The Hunger Games”
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