When news broke less than 24 hours ago that Gary Ross, the director of the incredibly well-received The Hunger Games, would not direct its sequel, it came as a surprise, to put it mildly. After all, he managed to not only meet, but exceed the insanely high expectations facing the monumental task of bringing the book sensation to the big screen. The reason was not entirely clear, but some reported that Ross was getting “greedy”, as Lionsgate wasn’t prepared to pay him the amount he was requesting for directing the sequel, while others said he got a more lucrative offer directing this film. Ross had talked at length about directing Catching Fire (the Hunger Games sequel) and how excited he was for it months ago.
It took the world’s media outlets no time, however, to start scouring their own brains for a successor, coming up with directors ranging from Danny Boyle to Alfonso Cuaron and Debra Granik (because she directed Jennifer Lawrence before, y’know), before the tale took another twist, only an hour ago or so.
Deadline reported that Ross is actually on vacation and couldn’t possibly be turning down “a winner”, citing “multiple sources close to the project.”
I would certainly like to see Ross back in the director’s chair for Catching Fire, especially since he did such a darn good job at creating and establishing the cinematic world of the Hunger Games in the first film.
How about you? Would you like to see Gary Ross direct Catching Fire? Tell us.