Official: Gary Ross will not Direct Catching Fire

25 Comments April 11, 2012 by Filed Under: Featured, Gary Ross

Sad news for fans of Gary Ross’s vision of The Hunger Games: he will not return to direct Catching Fire.

Gary Ross released an official statement:

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 don’t 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. It’s been a wonderful experience.

Lionsgate said of his departure:

lionsgate2 logo  120411023441 Official: Gary Ross will not Direct Catching FireWe’re 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.

Let the speculation begin: who would you like to see direct Catching Fire now that Gary Ross is officially leaving the project?


Category: Featured, Gary Ross

  • Cinnabon Cinna

    I seriously mean no offense to any twilight fans- But I seriously hope it isn’t a twilight director. As a semi-fanof twilight, I was disappointed by all of the films except for Eclipse. In my POV, they weren’t that great and Kristen just sat around looking confused and stuttering. (No offense, seriously guys) I think the only director I’d be fine with directing this movie from twilight is David Slade, because he does his research.

    I really hope they choose an actor who will keep continuity within the series instead of switching up the themes (like twilight) and hair (like twilight). I am deeply saddened we have lost our tribute director.

    • Lily


    • Nicole Helena

      I understand what you mean though. I’m from the Twilight fandom and I agree with you. The movies are definitely lacking and what I dislike even more, is that the movies are each so different in their own way. It doesn’t feel like a “series”. The movies feel a bit unnatural and plastic as well, but I think that’s mostly Melissa Rosenberg’s (scriptwriter) work. The Twilight movies don’t have any continuity when it comes to the style etc, it’s somehow annoying. I had hoped differently for The Hunger Games, but ok. It is what it is.

  • Taylor

    Joel and Ethan Coen

  • jlna5434

    I’d like the director to be someone who will follow the book!!! Instead of making his own version!! The books are AMAZING…why try to change the sotry line??? If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it!!!!!!

  • Carlie

    I’d like anyone as long as the follow the book!

  • Great Big Fan

    While I would rather have the continuity that a director provides from one movie to another, I sincerely hope that the new director creates a slightly different style to the next movie (and beyond). The shaking camera with the ultra-up close view was too much. Made me dizzy and I couldn’t see enough because the camera was too shakey. We now have an opportunity to change things for the next movie and improve the overall movie experience. Cross your fingers, folks!

  • B13scha

    Well that sucks. I think that the same directors who start a series should stay with a series. That is a bunch of crap cause even  Gary Ross knows if he would drop every other movie he’s going to do, he could make so much more off the series combined.

  • Ozzie20063

    come on we want to see another movie like twilight butthe hunger games series

  • JJV

    Steven  Spielberg

  • nick-england

    i want to play fennick in the new movie! that would be so cool

  • Nickeldridge22

    JAMES CAMERON!!!!!!!!!!!!! with the way the 2nd book is written it sounds like a perfect storyline for him…………….. i mean talking birds……..acid fog……… and Giant waves….. sounds like James Cameron’s kind of movie

  • Olivia

    I have to agree, I would like a new director who follows the story line. With the way stuff was left out or totally different in Hunger Games, how are things supposed to play out with Peeta? In the Hunger Games movie you would have never know he had an artificial leg, that plays on through Catching Fire. Amazing books, but movie could have been way better! I have to say I was not happy with it at all!

  • Cottoncandygirl4321

    I totally think the movie should go by the book. I didn’t like how their were some parts left out and I was pissed that there was no music in the whole movie!!!! I hope the new dorector makes Catching Fire just like the book; because Catching Fire is my favorite book of the series, and I don’t want the movie to ruin it for me!!!

  • Jigglebug429

    I am so sad that Gary Ross will not be directing Catching Fire !!! The way he directed it really stood out to me, all of the characters were almost exactly how I had imagined them while reading the book. While reading the article above though I was unsure if they are making Catching Fire into a movie, I really would like them to though because after reading the book i am DYING to see the Catching Fire movie…….GO HUNGER GAMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peeta & Katniss

    I really do hope that thenext director could follow the book this time, but other than tthat Gary has done an excellent job with features and casting… but honestly i would really like to know when catching fire will be out? Please reply to give me an answer.

    • Wezzles21

      it will be out on november 22, 2012

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  • Pep_beardsworth

    All I’m gonna say as long as its not a twilight director anyone will due, as long as they make the movie with the same charaters, cause it sucks when they dont

  • Elibwest

    if we want someone who will follow the book then i would like to see the director of the lord of the rings trilogy.   i think that Peter Jackson would do a wonder full job

  • appie123

    Gary Ross did such an amazing job on Hunger Games. I hope the next director will have the same view on the importance of making this movie special. Can’t wait for the reveal!

  • Daisy-duck7

    twilight survived when they lost catherine hardwich after the first film, so as long as the plot and casting is continuous then i think it will still be great <3

  • Vawn

    Almost every Harry Potter film had a new director. As long as who ever directs the next two Hunger Games don’t make a huge mess of things… (I don’t think I’ll ever forgive Yates for the disaster of HP5!)

  • GarciaA0029

    Michael Bay!!!!! *opening scene* Catching Fire *do do dee dah, Katniss’ face, EXPLOSIONS, end credits*

  • peetafan#1

    im mad he made the #1 movie for like four weeks and then theyre gonna change the director that did that :(