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The odds may not be in Gary Ross' favor to direct Catching Fire

Apr. 5, 2012by:

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In news that is quickly catching fire (as it were) across the web, director of THE HUNGER GAMES Gary Ross may or may not be back for the sequel due out around Thanksgiving of 2013. It isn't a matter of creative differences, or of "a better opportunity" - no, word is that the holdup in confirmation all has to do with cold, hard cash.  Or at least a warm, foldable check. 

Gary Ross directing The Hunger Games

THE HUNGER GAMES has already made over $363 million in barely two weeks, and so one can understand that Ross wants himself a piece of that very large and very delicious pie.  While trio of stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth were all signed for the sequels from day one, Ross himself has only ever had a contract for the first film.  And while negotiations to direct even that first film were difficult, since "Ross is a seasoned filmmaker (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) and Lionsgate isn't accustomed to paying seasoned-filmmaker fees," Ross ended up settling for a $3 million fee plus 5% of the back end in exchange for his co-writing/directing duties.  Which is still a whole lot of money, even considering the current box office take alone.

But now Ross is wanting "a significant raise" to direct CATCHING FIRE, while everyone is in a bit of a general rush considering how the release date is already booked and Fox can exercise its own option on Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to return for an X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel, therbey locking up her schedule.  Which all means that if Ross pushes too hard for too long, Lionsgate might just opt find someone else instead.

So what do you think? And if Ross didn't come back, who would you want instead?

Jennifer Lawrence in black and white

Extra Tidbit: I've heard Alfonso Cuaron suggested by fans as a possible replacement, which I personally think is genius.

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3:47PM on 04/05/2012
I agree that Alfonso Cuaron would do a good job and would make a suitable replacement, but why would Lionsgate pass him up over a paycheck. They will make enough money from this to afford the higher pay, so do it. If your director creates one of the biggest films of the year and it's a success, why wouldn't you just pay the man for the sequels. They're going to sell, and Ross knows the Hunger Games intimately.
I agree that Alfonso Cuaron would do a good job and would make a suitable replacement, but why would Lionsgate pass him up over a paycheck. They will make enough money from this to afford the higher pay, so do it. If your director creates one of the biggest films of the year and it's a success, why wouldn't you just pay the man for the sequels. They're going to sell, and Ross knows the Hunger Games intimately.
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3:09PM on 04/05/2012
has this dude even earned the right to be on the A-list of directors yet? Sorry dude you ain't no Speilberg. Big freaking deal so ya directed Hunger Games? Ya got 3 movies on your resume & ya wrote Big. I am sure Lionsgate will have no problem dropping your ass.
has this dude even earned the right to be on the A-list of directors yet? Sorry dude you ain't no Speilberg. Big freaking deal so ya directed Hunger Games? Ya got 3 movies on your resume & ya wrote Big. I am sure Lionsgate will have no problem dropping your ass.
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1:05PM on 04/05/2012

Joe Cornish should direct the sequel

Watch Attack the Block if you don't believe me. Great writer (co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin), pulled great performances from a bunch of unknowns and kids and films a great action sequence.
Watch Attack the Block if you don't believe me. Great writer (co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin), pulled great performances from a bunch of unknowns and kids and films a great action sequence.
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12:39PM on 04/05/2012
Maybe keep the director and get a new Director of Photography. There were whole swaths of the movie where I had to look at the seats in front of me to prevent motion sickness.

The Jitter-Cam thing has to stop.
Maybe keep the director and get a new Director of Photography. There were whole swaths of the movie where I had to look at the seats in front of me to prevent motion sickness.

The Jitter-Cam thing has to stop.
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10:34AM on 04/05/2012
They need a better director than Ross. He almost ruined that movie with his shaky cam crap.
They need a better director than Ross. He almost ruined that movie with his shaky cam crap.
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10:26AM on 04/05/2012
Definitely hope they get a better director. Cuaron's my favorite director, but I'd rather he pursue his more out there projects.

Hunger Games was a faithful adaptation, sure, but the movie itself was horribly paced (rushed! jeez why is everything moving so fast?!), sanitized, and did little to recreate much of the suspense that was in the book.

I would love to see Joe Wright tackle the material. I don't think he'd ever do it, but he'd be an awesome director to elevate the series' quality
Definitely hope they get a better director. Cuaron's my favorite director, but I'd rather he pursue his more out there projects.

Hunger Games was a faithful adaptation, sure, but the movie itself was horribly paced (rushed! jeez why is everything moving so fast?!), sanitized, and did little to recreate much of the suspense that was in the book.

I would love to see Joe Wright tackle the material. I don't think he'd ever do it, but he'd be an awesome director to elevate the series' quality in every way. He's even managed to make a PG-13 movie that didn't suffer because of the rating (Hanna).
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8:54AM on 04/05/2012
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.
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.
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10:16AM on 04/05/2012
Well, yeah, no shit that the average fangirl doesn't know who directed it. But I think the quality of the film speaks for itself - those Twilight movies made a lot of money but also got scathing reviews. Hunger Games got excellent reviews and is continuing to hold due to positive word of mouth, whereas Twilight was front-loaded because once all the fans went to go see it, no one else gave a shit. I think it's a mistake to say that Ross isn't entitled to ask for more money just because some
Well, yeah, no shit that the average fangirl doesn't know who directed it. But I think the quality of the film speaks for itself - those Twilight movies made a lot of money but also got scathing reviews. Hunger Games got excellent reviews and is continuing to hold due to positive word of mouth, whereas Twilight was front-loaded because once all the fans went to go see it, no one else gave a shit. I think it's a mistake to say that Ross isn't entitled to ask for more money just because some people don't pay attention to names on a credit list.
4:54AM on 04/06/2012
Read slower. I never said he's not entitled to ask for more money.

I said it's a big mistake because right behind Ross there's a line of directors that goes around the block twice, who'd want to direct for a lot less and might do the job just well.
Read slower. I never said he's not entitled to ask for more money.

I said it's a big mistake because right behind Ross there's a line of directors that goes around the block twice, who'd want to direct for a lot less and might do the job just well.
8:52AM on 04/05/2012
Ross did a great job.

Try to get the best deal you can, but don't walk away. That would be stupid. You're not going to make half as much money doing anything else.

Who else could Lionsgate get on short notice. If Cuaron has Gravity wrapped up, I could see him doing the movie. This actually seems like something he'd be interested in.
Ross did a great job.

Try to get the best deal you can, but don't walk away. That would be stupid. You're not going to make half as much money doing anything else.

Who else could Lionsgate get on short notice. If Cuaron has Gravity wrapped up, I could see him doing the movie. This actually seems like something he'd be interested in.
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8:28AM on 04/05/2012

A good action director

Gary Ross pulled great performances from his actors (even Lenny Kravitz!) but the action scenes weren't that great. I'd love to see Cuaron or Matthew Vaughn take the sequel if Ross bails.

Then again, I hope Lionsgate ponys up the $$$. With directors, as in most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Gary Ross pulled great performances from his actors (even Lenny Kravitz!) but the action scenes weren't that great. I'd love to see Cuaron or Matthew Vaughn take the sequel if Ross bails.

Then again, I hope Lionsgate ponys up the $$$. With directors, as in most things in life, you get what you pay for.
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