Latest Movie News Headlines

Gary Ross to catch fire after all?

Apr. 9, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Catching Fire banner

Boy has this been a fun little merry-go-round. First reports say that Gary Ross is off CATCHING FIRE due to monetary reasons, then they say he's off for sure (so that he can an original script whilst still being paid more than Lionsgate offered), and now Deadline is claiming that it has confirmation from sources on the inside saying that concerns Ross has exited the director's chair of CATCHING FIRE are untrue.

While Ross is currently off on a family vacation and thereby unreachable, with how much this whole situation has been in the news I wouldn't be surprised if an official statement of some kind were to be released.  With five months at the most to go before shooting begins (i.e. late August/early September), and considering the scope and pressure of CATCHING FIRE, any director is going to want as much time as possible for pre-production.  Honestly, it seems to me like there is a fair chance that Ross will return after all, especially when you take into account how hard he worked to get THE HUNGER GAMES gig in the first place and how much he has helped to craft the script for CATCHING FIRE. 

More as we hear it which, at the rate this news is rolling in, may well be as soon as later today.

Gary Ross surrounded by question marks

Extra Tidbit: I really enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES, though I agree that the shaky cam in the action scenes needs to go. I've heard it suggested that the camera work was used to hide the violence so as to secure a PG-13 rating, but even if that's the case it was still damn frustrating.
Source: Deadline

Related Articles

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

3:55AM on 04/10/2012
Never seen such hoopla over a director of a series in my entire life, just get Allan Smithee to direct it who cares.
Never seen such hoopla over a director of a series in my entire life, just get Allan Smithee to direct it who cares.
Your Reply:



11:22PM on 04/09/2012
THG was exciting and intense. Yes, the shaky cam was annoying, but I understand why it's there. Based on Ross' other works, I feel he's more of a match for CF, so I am very happy that he might be coming back.
THG was exciting and intense. Yes, the shaky cam was annoying, but I understand why it's there. Based on Ross' other works, I feel he's more of a match for CF, so I am very happy that he might be coming back.
Your Reply:



11:06PM on 04/09/2012

Performances were great, action not

I'll give Gary Ross credit: he drew great performances out of everyone in that cast, including Lenny Kravitz. But his "shaky-cam" work didn't impress, even though he was trying to show us Katniss' perspective and hide the carnage so to keep that PG rating.

Damn, I'd still love to see what Joe Cornish would do with this!
I'll give Gary Ross credit: he drew great performances out of everyone in that cast, including Lenny Kravitz. But his "shaky-cam" work didn't impress, even though he was trying to show us Katniss' perspective and hide the carnage so to keep that PG rating.

Damn, I'd still love to see what Joe Cornish would do with this!
Your Reply:



7:02PM on 04/09/2012

Wipe that fuckin smile off your face...

You POS. LMFAO. Hunger games was a very boring flick, the hype killed it, now you want a solid movie where the hype was right. Go see The Raid. Best action movie I've seen in a while it was bonkers.
You POS. LMFAO. Hunger games was a very boring flick, the hype killed it, now you want a solid movie where the hype was right. Go see The Raid. Best action movie I've seen in a while it was bonkers.
Your Reply:



1:51PM on 04/09/2012
I enjoyed the Hunger Games despite the fact I didn't like many of the director's choices. I found the "shaky cam" technique was a POOR choice that hurt the film. Some of his shot framing I felt was tepid and ill-planned. The acting was fine, ad the story telling was okay. I think there are plenty of directors who could deliver a better product. My choice would be Nimrod Antal.
I enjoyed the Hunger Games despite the fact I didn't like many of the director's choices. I found the "shaky cam" technique was a POOR choice that hurt the film. Some of his shot framing I felt was tepid and ill-planned. The acting was fine, ad the story telling was okay. I think there are plenty of directors who could deliver a better product. My choice would be Nimrod Antal.
Your Reply:



1:16PM on 04/09/2012

Give the job to someone else

Maybe they can get someone who can both competently direct an action scene and not make a movie horribly boring.
Maybe they can get someone who can both competently direct an action scene and not make a movie horribly boring.
Your Reply:



12:40PM on 04/09/2012

THG was crap.

I want him out of the directors chair on this. His style is not suited for this type of film and it shows. I'd much rather see him tackle his own original material.
I want him out of the directors chair on this. His style is not suited for this type of film and it shows. I'd much rather see him tackle his own original material.
Your Reply: