Over the past two decades, FRANCIS LAWRENCE has captivated
audiences around the world with his creative body of work. A director and
producer of film, music videos, and television, Lawrence has established himself
as a longstanding artistic visionary that can not only cater to any demographic,
but is also able to understand and convey the visions of some of the world's
most influential artists.
Lawrence most recently directed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the
fourth and final installment of the hugely popular Hunger Games franchise. The
film, released in November 2015 by Lionsgate, grossed over $650 million
worldwide and starred Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam
Hemsworth, Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Julianne Moore. Previously, he directed
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which was released by Lionsgate in November
2014 and grossed over $750 million worldwide. Lawrence also directed the second
installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was
released in November 2013 and earned over $850 million worldwide.
Lawrence made his feature film debut in 2005 with Constantine, based on the
Hellblazer comic book, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz. That was followed
up by the 2007 hit movie, I Am Legend, a science fiction-horror-action-disaster
film adapted from the Richard Matheson novel of the same name, starring Will
Smith. In 2011, Lawrence directed Water for Elephants, based on the best-selling
novel by Sara Gruen and starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and
Lawrence is also a noted music video director, having won a GRAMMY (Lady
Gaga, "Bad Romance"), Latin Grammy (Shakira, "Whenever Whatever"), and multiple
VMA awards. He has worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Beyonce,
Pink, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, Janet Jackson and many others.
Francis has also directed commercials for many high profile clients including
The Gap, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, L'Oreal, Bacardi,
McDonald's, Disneyland, Oldsmobile, Covergirl, and Maybelline.
Lawrence is also experienced in the world of television. In 2008, he served
as director and executive producer on the pilot and several episodes of the
acclaimed series Kings. In 2011, he directed the pilot episode of FOX's Touch,
featuring Kiefer Sutherland, which he continued on as executive producer for
both seasons of the show.
Lawrence is currently in development on a number of projects including a film
based on Homer's epic The Odyssey for Lionsgate, Neverwhere and House of Thieves
both for Mark Gordon Company and The Last Duel for Jeff Robinov's Studio 8.
Lawrence was honored with the Director of the Year Award at CinemaCon 2015.
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