Gary Ross backs out of Hunger Games sequel

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has officially backed out from helming the sequel, Catching Fire. He released a statement explaining his busy production schedule, saying he wouldn’t have the time needed to do justice to the movie. He added, “I loved making The Hunger Games — it was the happiest experience of my professional life.” Lionsgate also released a statement saying they were pleased to work with Ross and added, “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.” Some of the stars from The Hunger Games weighed in on the unfortunate news. Jacqueline Emerson, who played Fox Face, said, “I don’t know that anyone else could bring it to life the way that he did.” Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh, said, “He has this great ability to do the indie thing with the blockbuster thing and I think everybody wants that.” He also commented on potential directors for the sequel: “I’d like to see a David Fincher Catching Fire or Darren Aronofsky. I think he’d be amazing for the second movie. Be a little bit edgier, darker.” ~Renita Naraine

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  1. Canadian Dad • April 11, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

    LOL, no offence here but what is this guy working on that he can’t clear out to make room for what is going to be the highest grossing prequel of all time??

    Sounds fishy to me.

  2. Canadian Dad • April 11, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

    Crap! I meant trilogy….kids are screaming about Dora the Explorer and I got confused, lol!

  3. CJ • April 11, 2012 @ 1:19 PM

    @Canadian Dad it’s not that he was busy…it’s that the studio wanted to push the production several months ahead of schedule and cramming everything into a timetable that’s very difficult to create something worth watching.

    He has also said that Jennifer Lawrence won’t be available to shoot because in those months that they pushed up, she will be busy shooting X Men First Class

  4. Canadian Dad • April 11, 2012 @ 3:08 PM

    Thanks! I’d rather work on X-Men too, lol.

  5. Lloyd • April 11, 2012 @ 4:33 PM

    There was a battle for a new contract and him wanting more money right? I would think he wanted more money, the studio declined, but both sides have a good enough relationship to say it’s a scheduling conflict so neither side looks greedy/stingy. I’m sure the above reasons played a role as well, but at the end of the day it’s most likely all about money.

  6. lkjh • April 11, 2012 @ 5:22 PM

    He did amazing with the first one. Whoever they get for the sequel better do just as great!

  7. Lisa • April 12, 2012 @ 9:37 AM

    If it is about money, they studio would be dumb to not give him whatever he wants. They better just hope the second movie doesn’t tank without him. Although I’m sure people will go see it either way

  8. Suneagle • April 12, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

    OMG WE ARE SAVED!! DOES This mean no more SHAKY SHAKY YAY SHAKY YAY YAY IM LAZY TO SHOOT A REAL ACTION SCENE YAY LETS SHAKE THE CAMERA TO SHOW ACTION YAY SHAKY SHAKY SHAKY MILKSHAKE SHAKY SHAKY YAY YAY camera work will be gone?? WELL I say YAY!!!! HAHAH! BRing it I’m looking forward to see how good hunger games can really be. 🙂

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