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Director Gary Ross not returning to The Hunger Games

Apr. 6, 2012by: Paul Shirey

It's been confirmed that director Gary Ross will not be returning to THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, even after the massive success of the first film.  Ross, whose favorite of the book series was the first one, was in negotiations with Lionsgate and Fox over the past week to return for the sequel, CATCHING FIRE, but it appears they bore no fruit for the director.

Ross, who has previously helmed the films PLEASANTVILLE and SEABISCUIT, was attached to the sci-fi project OUTBACK with Carey Mulligan prior to starting THE HUNGER GAMES and will likely return to it now that the "games" are over for him.

I enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES, but didn't think it was anything monumental.  Ross' direction was fine, but I don't see him as an auteur with a vision that couldn't be replaced in this franchise.  Much like the TWILIGHT or HARRY POTTER films, cycling directors are to be expected as money, scheduling, and interest can play a large role over time. 

At this point, Uwe Boll could direct CATCHING FIRE and it would AT LEAST make a killing the first weekend, based on the fanbase alone.  Expect Lionsgate and Fox to start the director scramble to find a replacement ASAP.  Jennifer Lawrence's schedule is filling up fast with a looming X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel waiting for her in January, so there isn't a moment to lose.

More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: All right, Schmoes. Your choices for a Catching Fire director, please...
Source: Indiewire

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2:23PM on 04/08/2012
Now that is an excellent picture.
Now that is an excellent picture.
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12:50AM on 04/08/2012
I think they should have paid Ross a bit more for delivering the film he did, but at the same time, he should have been happy just to be apart of this franchise. Seriously, this was the biggest job in his career, and he passed it up over money? I know that's how Hollywood works, but there have to be exceptions. Being part of one of the biggest trilogies in modern cinema should be one of those exceptions. Ah well, I am sure whoever they get will do a decent job.
I think they should have paid Ross a bit more for delivering the film he did, but at the same time, he should have been happy just to be apart of this franchise. Seriously, this was the biggest job in his career, and he passed it up over money? I know that's how Hollywood works, but there have to be exceptions. Being part of one of the biggest trilogies in modern cinema should be one of those exceptions. Ah well, I am sure whoever they get will do a decent job.
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8:20PM on 04/08/2012
and shows exactly whats wrong with Hollywood especally in a struggling economy. THis guy is bitching for only making 3 MILLION!! How many of us make that in a lifetime. He makes that by sitting behind a camera & yelling action.
and shows exactly whats wrong with Hollywood especally in a struggling economy. THis guy is bitching for only making 3 MILLION!! How many of us make that in a lifetime. He makes that by sitting behind a camera & yelling action.
4:46PM on 04/07/2012

UWE BOLL!

Seriously! Thats a great idea. Have him direct not only the sequel for the Hunger Games, but Twilight as well. This should prove once and for all that these overly obsessed fans that line up for days will pay to see turd on a screen for hours as long as their favorite franchise is in the title. As a matter of fact, let Uwe handle a Star Wars reboot as well. HAHAHA!
Seriously! Thats a great idea. Have him direct not only the sequel for the Hunger Games, but Twilight as well. This should prove once and for all that these overly obsessed fans that line up for days will pay to see turd on a screen for hours as long as their favorite franchise is in the title. As a matter of fact, let Uwe handle a Star Wars reboot as well. HAHAHA!
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1:02PM on 04/07/2012
There are now conflicting reports and nothing is confirmed. Perhaps it is best not to post articles until official press releases come out. Now we can only wait and see if he takes the job or not.
There are now conflicting reports and nothing is confirmed. Perhaps it is best not to post articles until official press releases come out. Now we can only wait and see if he takes the job or not.
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3:01PM on 04/07/2012
In Hollywood things change like the wind. Nothing here was reported out of a non-reliable source. When big changes happen it keeps things interesting. Gary Ross could hold a pres conference and announce he is "officially" directing catching fire and then "officially" drop out one week before shooting begins.

Anything can happen and very often does in this business.
In Hollywood things change like the wind. Nothing here was reported out of a non-reliable source. When big changes happen it keeps things interesting. Gary Ross could hold a pres conference and announce he is "officially" directing catching fire and then "officially" drop out one week before shooting begins.

Anything can happen and very often does in this business.
12:51PM on 04/07/2012
Gotta love Photoshop!
Gotta love Photoshop!
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11:24AM on 04/07/2012
Posted 2 days ago:

"Big mistake. Ask fans of The Hunger Games who directed the movie. 9/10 will not know the answer. Same thing with Twilight, they kept changing directors but with each installment they made more money. Fans of these types of movies don't care who makes it, or if even they make it well (see Twilight series).

I'd ask for 5 million for the sequel, plus the 5% of the back end, grin, take the check and shut the fuck up."

If only he read this.
Posted 2 days ago:

"Big mistake. Ask fans of The Hunger Games who directed the movie. 9/10 will not know the answer. Same thing with Twilight, they kept changing directors but with each installment they made more money. Fans of these types of movies don't care who makes it, or if even they make it well (see Twilight series).

I'd ask for 5 million for the sequel, plus the 5% of the back end, grin, take the check and shut the fuck up."

If only he read this.
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11:13AM on 04/07/2012
Paul Michael Glaser. Directed Running Man and Kazaam, so you know he's good.
Paul Michael Glaser. Directed Running Man and Kazaam, so you know he's good.
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4:58PM on 04/07/2012
Running Man is bad ass though.
Running Man is bad ass though.
10:46AM on 04/07/2012

Wait!

I need to change my choice. Get Spike Lee or John Singleton or another Black director. That way all those racist sh*t kickers upset about Black actors in the film will be even more screwed up over a Black director telling White actors what to do. Asses.
I need to change my choice. Get Spike Lee or John Singleton or another Black director. That way all those racist sh*t kickers upset about Black actors in the film will be even more screwed up over a Black director telling White actors what to do. Asses.
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10:43AM on 04/07/2012

I Think You Nailed It!

Uwe Boll is my choice now.
Uwe Boll is my choice now.
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6:10AM on 04/07/2012
When i read he took a "paycut" of 3 million, i became nauseaous, i mean really? Good riddance i say.
When i read he took a "paycut" of 3 million, i became nauseaous, i mean really? Good riddance i say.
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4:23AM on 04/07/2012
Maybe the second movie will actually be good now.
Maybe the second movie will actually be good now.
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9:14PM on 04/06/2012
I'd be curious to see how Danny Boyle would do with Catching Fire.
I'd be curious to see how Danny Boyle would do with Catching Fire.
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9:12PM on 04/06/2012

hopefully...

they'll get a director that doesn't love shaky cam so much.
they'll get a director that doesn't love shaky cam so much.
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8:26PM on 04/06/2012

Eli Roth

Can you say "game change?"
Can you say "game change?"
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7:45PM on 04/06/2012

Good.

There was too much shaky-cam and when the characters were fighting on the ground the camera was too close, you couldn't tell what was going on really.
His direction was good for the most part, but it was bad at times. I liked the film a lot though.
There was too much shaky-cam and when the characters were fighting on the ground the camera was too close, you couldn't tell what was going on really.
His direction was good for the most part, but it was bad at times. I liked the film a lot though.
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7:35PM on 04/06/2012
I thought the direction on this film was what made it stand far above the average teen flick, so i'm sad to see Ross go even though i'm not fan of his. Given the themese of the first one, John Hillcoat would be amazing for this.. and affordable probably.
I thought the direction on this film was what made it stand far above the average teen flick, so i'm sad to see Ross go even though i'm not fan of his. Given the themese of the first one, John Hillcoat would be amazing for this.. and affordable probably.
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6:07PM on 04/06/2012

This is good

Good news. Way too many medium and close up shots, way too much shakiness, way too much Katniss focus. A new direction might just be the key to actually make this franchise deserve all the money it's getting.
Good news. Way too many medium and close up shots, way too much shakiness, way too much Katniss focus. A new direction might just be the key to actually make this franchise deserve all the money it's getting.
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5:46PM on 04/06/2012
I'd get Andrew Stanton. John Carter won't be getting a sequel and he could use a sure-fire hit. With his work on Carter and the Pixar films he did, I think he'd be a good choice to continue the story and make it visually interesting.
I'd get Andrew Stanton. John Carter won't be getting a sequel and he could use a sure-fire hit. With his work on Carter and the Pixar films he did, I think he'd be a good choice to continue the story and make it visually interesting.
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5:29PM on 04/06/2012
Chris Weitz. His take on New Moon made for the most visually stunning of the series, if you take away the story. I would love to see what he could do with Catching Fire.
Chris Weitz. His take on New Moon made for the most visually stunning of the series, if you take away the story. I would love to see what he could do with Catching Fire.
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8:10PM on 04/06/2012
yeah lets mix some twilight in this series. wah wah
yeah lets mix some twilight in this series. wah wah
11:14PM on 04/06/2012
I knew the negative votes were going to happen, but once again if you look at what he did stylistically with the film . . . Although, the story is not like Twilight, Lionsgate is splitting up the last book into two films and now it looks like they are going the different director route. Sound familiar? And Lionsgate now owns the Twilight series.
I knew the negative votes were going to happen, but once again if you look at what he did stylistically with the film . . . Although, the story is not like Twilight, Lionsgate is splitting up the last book into two films and now it looks like they are going the different director route. Sound familiar? And Lionsgate now owns the Twilight series.
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5:25PM on 04/06/2012
Thank Buddha that's great news! Maybe now they can remove the camera from the dryer 'tumble dry' cycle and get more variety in the shots other than closeups of the insides of the actor's noses.
I honestly don't care who they get to direct the sequel as long as the director knows how to use a fucking steadicam and knows how to vary shots enough so that we, the audience, can actually see the world around the characters on the screen.
Thank Buddha that's great news! Maybe now they can remove the camera from the dryer 'tumble dry' cycle and get more variety in the shots other than closeups of the insides of the actor's noses.
I honestly don't care who they get to direct the sequel as long as the director knows how to use a fucking steadicam and knows how to vary shots enough so that we, the audience, can actually see the world around the characters on the screen.
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5:17PM on 04/06/2012

Uwe Boll

DONT PUT IDEAS IN THEIR HEAD
DONT PUT IDEAS IN THEIR HEAD
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4:52PM on 04/06/2012

OOOOOOOOH SHIT

how goddamn stupid do you have to be to turn down easy money
how goddamn stupid do you have to be to turn down easy money
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4:45PM on 04/06/2012
I believe he did a very impressive job with the first film, and the studios are being douches. However, the sequels tone and such are very different than that of the first, so maybe he wouldn't have been as good a fit. Still, said to see him go.
I believe he did a very impressive job with the first film, and the studios are being douches. However, the sequels tone and such are very different than that of the first, so maybe he wouldn't have been as good a fit. Still, said to see him go.
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4:36PM on 04/06/2012
Im glad about this... maybe now the Sequel will actually have wide shots and less close up and discombobulating sequences!
Im glad about this... maybe now the Sequel will actually have wide shots and less close up and discombobulating sequences!
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4:00PM on 04/06/2012
After seeing that picture of Jennifer Lawrence at the end... I forgot what this article was about.
After seeing that picture of Jennifer Lawrence at the end... I forgot what this article was about.
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3:53PM on 04/06/2012
I always get a kick out of how studios can make a movie for peanuts, join the all-time lists for high grosses, make a money-printing machine, and then try and fuck the director and/or cast out of a few measley million bucks. Marvel does this shit often. Is it really THAT hard for one of the studio heads to pocket 97 million instead of 100 million?
I always get a kick out of how studios can make a movie for peanuts, join the all-time lists for high grosses, make a money-printing machine, and then try and fuck the director and/or cast out of a few measley million bucks. Marvel does this shit often. Is it really THAT hard for one of the studio heads to pocket 97 million instead of 100 million?
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4:42PM on 04/06/2012
Marvel did it once, with Mr. Jon Favearu (sp?). Branagh stated he did not want to return, therefore, that's on him, not them. I am however, unclear as to what's happening with the amazing Joe Johnston, so there is maybe a twice in there.
Marvel did it once, with Mr. Jon Favearu (sp?). Branagh stated he did not want to return, therefore, that's on him, not them. I am however, unclear as to what's happening with the amazing Joe Johnston, so there is maybe a twice in there.
4:52PM on 04/06/2012
Marvel actually does it with way more than just what you mentioned. Yes, the Favreau stuff is the high profile news, but they do it with production designers, ADR looping staff, stunt team members, etc. Believe me, it happens more often than the news could keep up with. A local stunt team was fired from The Avengers and replaced with a crew from two states away over a matter of 10,000 bucks. They pinch pennies for bullshit reasons.
Marvel actually does it with way more than just what you mentioned. Yes, the Favreau stuff is the high profile news, but they do it with production designers, ADR looping staff, stunt team members, etc. Believe me, it happens more often than the news could keep up with. A local stunt team was fired from The Avengers and replaced with a crew from two states away over a matter of 10,000 bucks. They pinch pennies for bullshit reasons.
3:25PM on 04/06/2012

Joe Cornish

He wrote and directed Attack the Block. 'Nuff said.
He wrote and directed Attack the Block. 'Nuff said.
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3:25PM on 04/06/2012
The "Catching Fire" book was a very good follow up to the first "Hunger Games". I have not seen the Hunger Games movie yet but I've read many reviews written by HG book fans that Gary Ross did an okay job. It seems a different director could easily step up and take the reigns. Hopefully the next director the Producers choose will be a fan of the series rather than choosing a smug director only out for the cash.
The "Catching Fire" book was a very good follow up to the first "Hunger Games". I have not seen the Hunger Games movie yet but I've read many reviews written by HG book fans that Gary Ross did an okay job. It seems a different director could easily step up and take the reigns. Hopefully the next director the Producers choose will be a fan of the series rather than choosing a smug director only out for the cash.
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3:20PM on 04/06/2012
Give Joe Cornish the chance.
Give Joe Cornish the chance.
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