‘Hunger Games’ Director Gary Ross Will Not Return to Direct ‘Catching Fire’

garyross catchingfire 300x210 Hunger Games Director Gary Ross Will Not Return to Direct Catching FireIt is a sad day in the world of The Hunger Games; director Gary Ross will not return to direct the second installment in the franchise — Catching Fire

While this morning it was reported that Lionsgate and Fox worked out their scheduling issues to allow Jennifer Lawrence to shoot “Catching Fire” and the “X-Men: First Class” sequel essentially back-to-back, it looks like before cameras can start rolling on “The Hunger Games” sequel this fall, the studio will need to find a director. The Playlist has learned that Gary Ross has officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week, that he will not be coming back.
Though recent trade reports have spun the story as being an issue mostly about money, that’s pretty much a small part of the motivation. Ross has never been a filmmaker that repeats himself (going from satire in “Pleasantville” to horse racing drama in “Seabiscuit” and action in “The Hunger Games”) and we’re told the burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol (evidently, he also liked the first book best). And while the lowball salary offer probably didn’t help, Ross already has a fairly lucrative career as a screenwriter (and rewriter) and money isn’t really the issue. Simply put, the filmmaker is looking to change things up for his next effort.

I wish Gary nothing but the best in all future endeavors.  It does break my heart that he won’t be back.  I truly do hope they pick someone equally as talented and that will do the second book as much justice as Gary did the first.

I wholeheartedly  trust the judgment of Lionsgate, and I know they will pick someone that has the same love for the books as Gary does.

What do you think about this news? Who do you think should direct Catching Fire movie? Let us know in the comments section!

You can read the rest of the article over at Indiewire.

NOTE: This is NOT confirmed by Lionsgate. We will consider this a rumor until we hear from them directly.

Category: Catching Fire Director, Featured, Gary Ross, Hunger Games

  • Hunger Games Fan!

    THIS IS THE WORST TRAGEDY I HAVE HEARD SO FAR. OH PLEASE DON’T LEAVE! ;( He has such a passion for these books and such commitment and dedication with EVERYTHING that I CANNOT imagine this movie in the hand of another director. OH I hope he hears we want him back…and hope that it’s all a rumor. GARY ROSS…Don’t Leave! ;(

    • HUNGERGAMES#1

      “He has such a passion for these books and such commitment and dedication with EVERYTHING that I CANNOT imagine this movie in the hand of another director.” HOW DO YOU KNOW????????

  • Bill

    Best news EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!   Hello James Cameron!!!!!!!  Am I right people??????  

  • Adawg121

    That really sucks.  Gary Ross did i great job and i hope Catching Fire will be just as good as Hunger Games.  My question is how badly will this effect the release date of Catching Fire?  Now when is it gonna come out?!?!

    • HUNGERGAMES#1

      Get your grammar right kid.!!!

  • Guest

    Honestly? Hunger Games wasn’t even that good. Not that it was all Ross’ doing, but still. I hope they find someone who will pay more attention to the important plot points and details than he did. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Taya-Hoover/100001537217799 Taya Hoover

      Well, way to be a critdect

  • HUNGERGAMES#1

    Finally the stupid Gary Ross is off the show. I will love catching fire !!!!