Today it has been confirmed that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will not be returning to direct the sequel, Catching Fire. Ross has said that The Hunger Games was his favourite book in the series, and having watched the film yesterday I think he made a really god job of it. However, I did find the shaky cam quite annoying in places, the film would have worked just as well without it.
Anyway, while it was thought that Ross would return for Catching Fire, negotiations with Fox and Lionsgate have turned up nothing, and Ross is not coming back. Now the series, based on the books written by Suzanne Collins, will be looking for a new director, and will be heading down the Harry Potter and Twilight route with a new director possibly for each film. The hunt is now on for who will take the reins of Catching Fire.
With the film scheduled for release sometime around November next year, and with star Jennifer Lawrence planning to start filming the sequel to X-Men: First Class in January, things need to get moving pronto.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
By Matt Wavish