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Confirmed! Gary Ross is not directing the sequel to The Hunger Games

Apr. 10, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Well, it looks like we posted the latest "Cast This" article just in time.

Gary Ross has decided to not direct the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE. Lionsgate really thought that Ross would come back on for the second installment, especially since he's been so involved already.

Ross has released as statement, so I will let you read that below:

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply dont have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule."

"I loved making The Hunger Games it was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results. And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision."

"I also cannot say enough about the people I worked with: Producer Nina Jacobson, a great collaborator and a true friend; the brilliant Suzanne Collins, who entrusted us with her most amazing and important story; the gifted and remarkable Jennifer Lawrence whose performance exceeded my wildest expectations, and the rest of the incredible cast, whom I am proud to call my friends."

"To the fans I want to say thank you for your support your faith, your enthusiasm and your trust. Hard as this may be to understand I am trying to keep that trust with you. Thank you all. Its been a wonderful experience."

Lionsgate also responded:

Were very sorry that Gary Ross has chosen not to direct Catching Fire. We were really looking forward to making the movie with him. He did an incredible job on the first film and we are grateful for his work. This will not be the end of our relationship, as we consider Ross to be part of the Lionsgate family and look forward to working with him in the future."

Extra Tidbit: How do you guys feel about this? Is it a loss to the franchise? Who do you think would be a good director for CATCHING FIRE?
Source: Deadline

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11:18PM on 04/11/2012
Shame he won't be coming back. Really enjoyed what he did with Hunger Games.

My pick for the next director would be Ben Affleck (or possibly Matthew Vaughn).
Shame he won't be coming back. Really enjoyed what he did with Hunger Games.

My pick for the next director would be Ben Affleck (or possibly Matthew Vaughn).
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6:15AM on 04/13/2012
Matthew Vaughn has X-men to handle so NO
Matthew Vaughn has X-men to handle so NO
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10:41AM on 04/11/2012

Good

Now get Joe Wright in there and I'll be very happy.
Now get Joe Wright in there and I'll be very happy.
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9:23AM on 04/11/2012

Anybody else worried about the reason he gave for leaving?

A tight production schedule is what gave us Brett Ratner's X-Men 3...
A tight production schedule is what gave us Brett Ratner's X-Men 3...
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9:27AM on 04/11/2012
My thoughts exactly.
My thoughts exactly.
8:55AM on 04/11/2012
Well I'll say this much, Gary Ross' statement is very classy. Regardless of what people may think of the job he did with The Hunger Games, his film was an enormous hit, and this is to his credit.
Well I'll say this much, Gary Ross' statement is very classy. Regardless of what people may think of the job he did with The Hunger Games, his film was an enormous hit, and this is to his credit.
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7:42AM on 04/11/2012

An Idea

I've never read the books, but i really enjoyed the film, so it is sad to hear the director is leaving. There are however two potential directors who could take the helm. Alfonso Cuaron or Andrew Stanton. Since John Carter hasn't done that well, stanton could very well end up doing it. That would certainly be interesting.
I've never read the books, but i really enjoyed the film, so it is sad to hear the director is leaving. There are however two potential directors who could take the helm. Alfonso Cuaron or Andrew Stanton. Since John Carter hasn't done that well, stanton could very well end up doing it. That would certainly be interesting.
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2:57AM on 04/11/2012

Why not...

...Danny Boyle?

He has a great relationship with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, his films always look great, and he knows how to work with acting ensembles.

Paul Greengrass should one of the last people they consider. I'm tired of that shaky cam crap.
...Danny Boyle?

He has a great relationship with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, his films always look great, and he knows how to work with acting ensembles.

Paul Greengrass should one of the last people they consider. I'm tired of that shaky cam crap.
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8:57AM on 04/11/2012
Danny Boyle is a good director. Didn't he do Slumdog Millionaire? Nice choice. I hate the Shaky cam stuff too, it has run its course, from Cloverfield and Hurt Locker.
Danny Boyle is a good director. Didn't he do Slumdog Millionaire? Nice choice. I hate the Shaky cam stuff too, it has run its course, from Cloverfield and Hurt Locker.
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1:55AM on 04/11/2012

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Cuaron
Cuaron
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12:26AM on 04/11/2012

Paul Greengrass

There. Everyone wins.
There. Everyone wins.
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11:32PM on 04/10/2012
i really dont see the big deal. I know a change of director usually equals a change in style but Ross didnt use any style in this pic. Im looking forward to a change. So long as its not Uwe Boll or Michael Bay.
i really dont see the big deal. I know a change of director usually equals a change in style but Ross didnt use any style in this pic. Im looking forward to a change. So long as its not Uwe Boll or Michael Bay.
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