'Hunger Games' Gains Steven Soderbergh As Second Unit Director?

Hunger GamesIf you had any doubts about the upcoming "Hunger Games" adaptation, you might have to prepare to put them away: Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is reportedly heading behind the "HG" camera, which would mean things are about to get really, really interesting. Or so we hear.

Two members of "Hunger Games" crew tweeted earlier that the filmmaker will be acting as second unit director on "Hunger Games." The Playlist subsequently confirmed the reports with unnamed sources.

However, now both Twitter accounts have been deactivated and said tweets are nowhere to be seen. So did the crew members speak too soon about Soderbergh's involvement? Was it just a wild rumor started by some hopeful fans? Or is Soderbergh actually a part of the movie? We'll have to wait for an official report to find out. Emails to Lionsgate, the studio behind the project, were not immediately returned.

It certainly would make sense for Soderbergh to come on board. He and Ross have been longtime friends, and worked together on "Pleasantville" (Ross directed, Soderbergh produced). With Soderbergh's "Contagion" on its way to theaters, and "Haywire" and "Magic Mike" in the works, it does seem like Soderbergh would have a hard time fitting "The Hunger Games" into his busy schedule, but the Playlist speculated that his quick turn-around time is likely what brought him to to project to begin with.

The big-screen version of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel is set to hit theaters on March 23, 2012, and filming is underway right now. Ross is turning the film around quickly as it is, but Soderbergh is famous for his quick editing skills. We'd be psyched to see the product that these two great directors could come up with. If it turns out to be true.

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