CONFIRMED: Gary Ross Will NOT Direct THE HUNGER GAMES Sequel After All

<font color="red">CONFIRMED:</font> Gary Ross Will NOT Direct THE HUNGER GAMES Sequel After All

Even though there were two previous reports, with the latest one saying that director Gary Ross will still probably helm the sequel to The Hunger Games, Ross himself has issued a statement, where he confirms that he won't be back for the follow-up. Check it out...


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.


We’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.

Well, there you go. At least it's finally confirmed. So, what do you make of this?

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Filed Under "Sci-Fi" 4/10/2012 Source: Deadline
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mctrinket - 4/10/2012, 7:22 PM
Fine by me. Haven't seen that much shaky camera work since The Blair Witch Project.
FightAs0ne - 4/10/2012, 7:23 PM
Meh....Don't mind as long as they don't downgrade. He felt that his shaky-camera style was a bit too much but not unnecessary
DCwanabe - 4/10/2012, 7:24 PM
Wait so I can be certain that tomorrow he might be directing it?
bababoozer - 4/10/2012, 7:26 PM
xXkryptoniteXx - 4/10/2012, 7:29 PM
They messed up for not getting him back but that's greed for you, he worked for what he got 78mill for budget and now worldwide it made 400mil and up. This director needs more money then his 3 million. Movie company are very greedy, get him back and this time make the movie have a better cgi then the last cause it doesn't feel epic to me onces I saw the city.
bonesmcgee - 4/10/2012, 7:30 PM
I'm suspecting Grif has Asperger's.
RunDTC - 4/10/2012, 7:32 PM
Brad Bird FTW!
Supes17 - 4/10/2012, 7:33 PM
Mrcool210 - 4/10/2012, 7:35 PM
@bonesmcgee i have aspergers, it doesnt make you act like griff, hes just a troll
Supes17 - 4/10/2012, 7:35 PM
I liked the film.
It was very close to the books compared to other films
Kolossus - 4/10/2012, 7:54 PM
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/10/2012, 7:55 PM
I still have not seen this lol I haven't even read the books
TheMyth - 4/10/2012, 7:56 PM
MrCool, lol quick with that one man, nice handling.
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/10/2012, 7:57 PM
Guys I'm I the only noticing these people that keep talking about dating websites on here? Example bamjing!
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/10/2012, 7:58 PM
*am I
Supes17 - 4/10/2012, 8:02 PM
It's just spammers and shit. Just report their asses to get them banned.

Read the books, it'll save you from being confused as a mutha[frick]a
RunDTC - 4/10/2012, 8:05 PM
I know we're all thinking it.....

revloveR - 4/10/2012, 8:23 PM
they'll start shooting when?
Jollem - 4/10/2012, 8:29 PM
saw the Hungry Games for the first time yesterday. i was entertained for the whole 2hr20min. i have heard this "shaky camera work" deal on this site and other places. i did not see or have a problem with any of the camera work in the entire movie. if anything, the camera work, and many other aspects, was pretty damn good i thinks.
Rodimus9 - 4/10/2012, 8:35 PM
I'm over this.

sonofsamadams - 4/10/2012, 8:59 PM

Lets get Lucas, Abrams and Bay to do it! At once!
l0rdleg0las - 4/10/2012, 10:51 PM
maybe the sequel won't have that annoying as [frick] shaky camera bullshit. i get the premise of why it is used, but jesus christ that movie would have been in better focus if the actors carried the cameras as they ran
mrexcellent - 4/10/2012, 11:07 PM
I enjoyed Hunger Games. Hope they keep the tone consistent with the first film.

@sonofsadmams: That titanic thing was hilarious. Totally didn't expect to laugh as hard as I did.
Jollem - 4/10/2012, 11:31 PM
@mrexcellent- i did like the tone and feel of the movie also. and i think the director was in control of it the entire film.
eldorado - 4/11/2012, 12:00 AM
this movie looks campy, i think that have the tone of Battle Royale from Japan.
eldorado - 4/11/2012, 12:04 AM
the sequel must be directed by takeshi kitano.
Jollem - 4/11/2012, 12:17 AM
@mr. eldorado- campy is definitely not a word that i would associate with this movie. if you ever watch it and truly believe that it is campy i will happily send you up to $2.37 to a p.o. box or paypal or something if you can convince me that it is campy. respects to you and forgive me if i'm assuming wrong, but i think instead of "tone" you may mean "plot". i did like battle royale for what it was but i do think hunger games is a better film and the tone between the two are not even close to each other in the emotional spectrum. i think i may come off like an uber-fan or something but i am not. i did like it though.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 4/11/2012, 2:12 AM
The costumes are pure camp.
pro346 - 4/11/2012, 2:23 AM
The movie cost 90 mil not 78mil ....they got a tax rebate that's why its being reported as 78 mil. I've seen better effects in 5 mil movies.
Xionn - 4/11/2012, 3:13 AM
Good. His over the top shaky cam was doing my head in >< Maybe we can get a more calm director.
emilyella - 4/11/2012, 5:32 AM
i loved the shaky camera work! i think it worked! i really liked the film and thought it was good considering the budget. I'm gutted to hear of this.
MadTitan - 4/11/2012, 5:57 AM
no offense but i never even heard of him till now...

it may have just been a novel/film inspired from the Japanese Film Battle Royal?...

MrCameron - 4/11/2012, 8:23 AM
Rupert Wyatt.
marvel72 - 4/11/2012, 9:36 AM
it was good but not great,get someone new i really don't give a shit.

just make it better than the first.

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