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Gary Ross Off Hunger Games Sequel?
Update! Not so fast...

06 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Playlist

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Gary Ross Off Hunger Games Sequel?

Update: Sigh... This is turning into one of those typical "He said, the studio said" situations. Now Lionsgate has approached Deadline to say that all the talk of Ross departing is bunkum and that he's still in negotiations to return for Catching Fire. It's all turning into deal-making via the media, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens...

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Just yesterday, there came the latest word on how Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox had worked out who would get first dibs on Jennifer Lawrence’s acting services for the X-Men: First Class sequel and Hunger Games follow-up Catching Fire. At the end, we mentioned the fact that Gary Ross had yet to sign on to direct the next Games entry, and now comes word via The Playlist that he has, in fact, dropped out.

While no official announcement has been made (and, let’s face it, it’s rare for a studio to put out a “They’ve gone!” press release), the gang over at the Playlist have never been ones to make up rumours for hit-grabbing purposes and has heard that the main reason is not money, but that he’s looking to keep changing things up in his career. In this case, he’s apparently chosen to switch to something he’s written instead of tangling with Katniss and co again.

So now Lionsgate will be on the hunt for a new director to call the shots on Catching Fire, which is pencilled in for an autumn shoot and a November 22, 2013 release date.

Fans of the books and the slightly successful first film are already hitting Twitter to demand his return, but assuming this gets confirmed, acceptance will have to sink in. So the question is, who’s the right pick for Fire? Suggestions in the usual places, please, and vote below...


Who should direct Catching Fire, then?
Come back, Gary Ross!
Anyone BUT Gary Ross!
Call Alfonso Cuaron!
Anyone, as long as they keep the camera still!
I volunteer! I volunteer as director!
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Alfonso Cuaron is a great idea :)
He did do a great job but Alfonso Cuaron could be a fantastic choice :) More

Posted by loretta27 at 22:55 on 08 April 2012 | Report This Post

Very sad news. Gary Ross did a superb job.
But Alfonso Cuaron is a great director for adding intelligence and maturity. He did fix a lot of the Harry Potter problems so he might actually be someone Lionsgate should pursue. More

Posted by Concise_Statement at 11:24 on 08 April 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Talnot It's a real shame when directors who do a good job on the first part of a pre-set trilogy don't stick around. If they do it gives each film a sense of continuity, where they'll all be made to the same values and with the same eye (Lord of the Rings for example) and while it does work with things like Aliens - both Scott and Cameron did superb jobs, that's because they are two separate films using the same principle character. I wasn't interested in the HUNGER GAMES in the More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:01 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Talnot It's a real shame when directors who do a good job on the first part of a pre-set trilogy don't stick around. If they do it gives each film a sense of continuity, where they'll all be made to the same values and with the same eye (Lord of the Rings for example) and while it does work with things like Aliens - both Scott and Cameron did superb jobs, that's because they are two separate films using the same principle character. otR was a little different, in that all three fi More

Posted by John Firth at 12:48 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Who to direct?
L: LeRoi90 I was'nt statisfied with The Hunger Games movie. But that's properly because i read the book before i wen't to see it. But anyway, here are my favorite directors for the job: Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson (He's so good with epic stories) Ridley Scott (ope for more blood this timeuote] Of course, still needs to be suitable for it's main target audience!t's a shame Gary Ross isn't stying on - I thought he did a good job but fair play to him, some directors just More

Posted by Super Hans at 11:07 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

Who to direct?
I was'nt statisfied with The Hunger Games movie. But that's properly because i read the book before i wen't to see it. But anyway, here are my favorite directors for the job: Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson (He's so good with epic stories) Ridley Scott (Let's hope for more blood this time) More

Posted by LeRoi90 at 09:23 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

Who to direct?
I was'nt statisfied with The Hunger Games movie. But that's properly because i read the book before i wen't to see it. But anyway, here are my favorite directors for the job: Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson (He's so good with epic stories) Ridley Scott (Let's hope for more blood this time) More

Posted by LeRoi90 at 09:19 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

Who to direct?
I was'nt statisfied with The Hunger Games movie. But that's properly because i read the book before i wen't to see it. But anyway, here are my favorite directors for the job: Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson (He's so good with epic stories) Ridley Scott (Let's hope for more blood this time) More

Posted by LeRoi90 at 09:19 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

Who to direct?
I was'nt statisfied with The Hunger Games movie. But that's properly because i read the book before i wen't to see it. But anyway, here are my favorite directors for the job: Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson (He's so good with epic stories) Ridley Scott (Let's hope for more blood this time) More

Posted by LeRoi90 at 09:19 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Martin Scorsese...
I was telling my friend this the other day. Or Ridley Scott :D More

Posted by rorschachf4i1 at 00:59 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

It's a real shame when directors who do a good job on the first part of a pre-set trilogy don't stick around. If they do it gives each film a sense of continuity, where they'll all be made to the same values and with the same eye (Lord of the Rings for example) and while it does work with things like Aliens - both Scott and Cameron did superb jobs, that's because they are two separate films using the same principle character. More

Posted by Talnot at 18:50 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

It's a real shame when directors who do a good job on the first part of a pre-set trilogy don't stick around. If they do it gives each film a sense of continuity, where they'll all be made to the same values and with the same eye (Lord of the Rings for example) and while it does work with things like Aliens - both Scott and Cameron did superb jobs, that's because they are two separate films using the same principle character. More

Posted by Talnot at 18:50 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

Martin Scorsese...
...would make an epic-EPIC- job of it! More

Posted by Swedle at 18:40 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

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