Speaking with New York Magazine (viaThe Playlist), Francis Lawrence addressed his take on the material, noting that he has ditched Ross’ camera style:
No! [Laughs.] No shaky cam. I think a lot of people will be happy to hear that.
He’s not kidding there. Ross’ decision to go with the ultra shaky shake ‘em up cam was absolutely the worst aspect about the first film. Shaky cam is not a replacement for good choreography. Garry Ross, and others, please take note of this fact before making more films. Thank you.
Lawrence also added that he has decided to focus more on the love story between Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale this time around:
“I felt the love story in general was, um, a bit buried in the first one. I wanted to bring the love story to the surface. And when I say love story, I mean the triangle.”
This, on the other hand, is not good news. I liked the books quite a bit, but the love triangle was the least attractive part of the books. In fact I just didn’t like that aspect of it that much. So I’m sad to hear that he’s going to focus more on it. Ugh.