Director Gary Ross Has NOT Withdrawn From HUNGER GAMES Sequel

Sources for Deadline are reporting that Gary Ross, the director of the smash hit Hunger Games has not walked away from the sequel, Catching Fire. Click the jump to find out more.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/7/2012


Lionsgate's The Hunger Games has been cleaning up at the box office. The film is expect to cross over the $300 million mark domestically this weekend. With all this money pouring into the film, many fans were very upset yesterday to see The Playlist report that Gary Ross had left the franchise, but according to Deadline's sources those reports are not accurate.

Despite reports that have spread like wildfire on showbiz websites, we hear from multiple sources close to Catching Fire that director Gary Ross has not formally withdrawn from The Hunger Games sequel. Ross is off on a family vacation and couldn’t be reached, but these internet reports that described his withdrawal as definitive are simply not accurate.




The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23rd, 2012. The film stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland

Source: deadline.com
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Fantine - 4/7/2012, 10:01 AM
Good, he should stay on and finish the franchise he started.

Hunger Games was amazing, and deserves all the success its having.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 4/7/2012, 10:31 AM
Money talks.
thewonderer - 4/7/2012, 10:51 AM
@catwoman

it was okay, doesn't deserve it all imo. 21 Jump Street was much better
golden123 - 4/7/2012, 10:57 AM
@thewonderer: The Hunger Games was better than every CBM that came out last year except "X-Men: First Class".
Sanderman - 4/7/2012, 11:16 AM
@thewonderer i agree 21 jumpstreet was better. to everyone else i'm not saying hunger games was bad, it was definitely good but not a masterpiece like many are claiming.
Dmon - 4/7/2012, 11:27 AM
This is a crappy movie glad I watched a TS and did not pay money. Oh and this is not a CBM so should not be on this site. Some might say it happens all the time with movies like Snow White and Bond but both of those have had comics so they count. This movie has as much to do with CBMs as Twilight.
Tainted87 - 4/7/2012, 11:32 AM
I don't think anyone is claiming it was a masterpiece. Fans of the book, or those who have simply read the book, will attest to that.

What it does offer, which sets it apart from many many many blockbusters and adaptations...
is that it features a female lead who is not objectified by her sexuality. She IS objectified later on in the series, but only because she is a symbol of resistance. This is a movie where there is a definite role reversal - rather than the guy defending the girl, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is determined to survive AND keep her pretend boyfriend alive. It is a social commentary, not an action piece. Kids will likely be bored if they haven't read the book or go into it thinking it is supposed to feature stylized violence like the CBMs we love.

It is a welcome break from the ordinary, and that is why it is so successful.
marvel72 - 4/7/2012, 11:34 AM
one reveiwer said that "the hunger games was the best sci-fi film since the matrix"

what about......

-moon
-district 9
-inception
-rise of the planet of the apes
-source code
-avatar
-blade runner the final cut

and probably many more that i haven't listed.
Tainted87 - 4/7/2012, 11:34 AM
By the way, Gale is such a minor character in the books and the movie - featuring him here is like headlining the Avengers with Maria Hill.
Tainted87 - 4/7/2012, 11:43 AM
Best Sci-Fi since the Matrix.... hmmm

What about 28 Days Later?
thewonderer - 4/7/2012, 11:47 AM
@golden

I enjoyed Cap and Thor much more than Hunger Games

Did anyone think, hey Liam, call your brother Thor to simply pwn the Hunger Games lol

The movie was not bad, but it wasn't especially great either. I like the PREMISE of kids killing each other, the execution was just terrible though. The scenes and themes were very contradictory and well there were a ton of cliches and whatnot.

When does Summer start again? Oh yeah May 4th.
OnLeatherWings - 4/7/2012, 12:59 PM
saw it last night and thought the movie was great. so far this and chronicle have been my favorites of the year. both movies were a surprise hit for me, both executed very well with the story, and both were thought provoking.
OnLeatherWings - 4/7/2012, 2:04 PM
i was a little confused at why these games were taking place to begin with. the text in the beginning went to fast and did a poor job of explaining it. but you get the jist of what and why throughout the movie. just would of been nice to know from the get go.
OnLeatherWings - 4/7/2012, 2:08 PM
green lantern was the best sci-fi movie since matrix :p
AutobotCommander84 - 4/7/2012, 2:16 PM
@marvel72 So Blade Runner came AFTER 1999? I thought not.
marvel72 - 4/7/2012, 2:34 PM
@ AutobotCommander84

blade runner came out in 1982

blade runner the final cut came out in 2007
KilledHal9000 - 4/7/2012, 2:48 PM
just because a movie makes alot of money, doesn't mean it's a GOOD movie. God Damn.
Tainted87 - 4/7/2012, 7:41 PM
@SuspenseSmith
I didn't like Inception. Way too much wasted potential, waste of talent.

Spoiler: District 13 didn't *really* get nuked ;)

Yeah, Peeta was awful, although Josh Hutcherson nailed the scene (he had Stanley Tucci to help him though) where he is being interviewed by Caesar. It's hard to imagine how this kid is going to play Peeta as he evolves in Mockingjay.

I agree, it should have been narrated. When books are adapted w/o keeping the first person perspective, it can be quite difficult. Some shows and movies that have sacrificed the first person narrative HAVE actually profited by this, as by that one person's perspective, the story could get to be a bit boring IN COMPARISON. Because this was sacrificed, however, I had to whisper to my friends and sister both times WHY Gale's name is in the Reaping 42 times. They SORT OF hint why in a different scene later, when Katniss tells Prim not to put her name in more times - it's not worth more food, but by then Gale's scene is practically forgotten.

I know it sounds odd, but I really hope Chris Evans or an actor similar to him is cast in the next movie to play one of the victors - Finnick.
TheSoulEater - 4/8/2012, 5:58 AM
I hope he stays with this

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