Francis Lawrence is staying with "The Hunger Games" franchise through its end.
Lionsgate announced Thursday that the manwill also helm the final films in the series, "Mockingjay, Part 1" and "Mockingjay, Part 2."
Lawrence, whose other film credits include "I am Legend" and "Water for Elephants," began shooting "Catching Fire," in September. He replaced Gary Ross, who directed the first "Hunger Games" film butfor the sequel, citing scheduling conflicts.
"Mockingjay," the third and final book in Suzanne Collins' best-selling dystopian young-adult series, is being adapted into two films by Danny Strong (HBO's "Game Change"), according to Deadline, and Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will all return to star.
Lionsgate announced in July that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1"on Nov. 21, 2014, while "Part 2," will be released on Nov. 20, 2015.
"Catching Fire," is slated to arrive in theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.