No he won’t, yes he will, actually, no he won’t!! Gary Ross releases a statement on NOT returning for ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel

Well, I knew it, I knew a statement would come soon, but I never expected it to be this soon! Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, has today confirmed that he will not be returning to direct the sequel, Catching Fire. After a weekend of speculation of “will he, won’t he” madness, a statement issued today has finally said the last word on the subject, with the director himself thankfully having his final say. Read on for Ross’ statement, and also a statement from Lionsgate:

“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.”

Lionsgate then responded to Ross’ statement with the following:

“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.”

So there you have it, whether you wanted Ross back or not, he is not returning, and now we all have to wait to find out exactly who will be taking the reigns of the next instalment. As I have said before, with star Jennifer Lawrence due to begin filming the X-Men: First Class sequel in January, the window is very short indeed.

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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