When I saw an action sequence from Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire at Comic-Con, I called it “truly astonishing” and “one of the best action scenes I have ever seen” and, like always, meant it from my core. At the same time, I’ve been beating my little, fairly quiet drum, for Gary Ross‘ The Hunger Games because of, to be honest, Ross as director and screenwriter, and my love of his previous work on films from Big to Seabiscuit.
So don’t be surprised that I’m excited to hear Steven Soderbergh will be shooting second unit on Hunger Games. I think the last time I went woop like this for a second unit director was when Jem Cohen shot the streets of New York for Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet.
The Playlist have definitely got some kind of Soderbergh hotline and appear to have confirmed directly the director’s appointment in the role.
Typically, second unit will invove the shooting of action scenes, or inserts that don’t require the main cast. Haywire, as I was saying, demonstrates his capabilities with the former and for the latter, well, just look at any of his pictures. He’s made great hey with 2nd-unit style inserts on multiple occasions. For example, there’s a close-up of a fax machine in Erin Brockovich that (admittedly with thanks to some pretty smart editing) I’ve never forgotten.
Soderbergh has taste, shoots fast and is cinematically sharp. The Hunger Games just got even more interesting.