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Gary Ross Will Not Return for 'Catching Fire'

Posted on the 11 April 2012 by The Page Lady
Gary Ross will not return for 'Catching Fire'
Breaking news in the world of The Hunger Games; Gary Ross will not return to direct the second installment 'Catching Fire'.  After weeks of speculation, the man himself released a statement today, in which he explains the reasons for his decision, and his gratitude towards the cast, crew and fans. Check out the official statement below: 
'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.' It is a great shame, as one would wish for each film in any franchise to have the same Director, not only for continuity, but to maintain the same tone, atmosphere and technical appearance.  But perhaps a new Director for 'Catching Fire' will be a breath of fresh air and be as equally successful as Mr Ross' adaptation.   So, now the question is, which Director? Let us know your thoughts on who would be the perfect choice in the comments section. 

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