Director Gary Ross Not Out of Hunger Games Sequel Yet
Posted 04.09.12 by Ryan
Last week, it was rumored that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross had dropped out of the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Turns out, he hasn't. At least, not yet.
Ross co-wrote and directed The Hunger Games, but reportedly wasn't too pleased over Lionsgate's low ball offer to direct Catching Fire. Over the weekend, however, Deadline reported that Ross had not formally withdrawn from the Hunger Games sequel, and argued that Ross had invested too much in the first movie to drop out of the sequel over money. According to THR Ross and Lionsgate are meeting today to discuss the director's participation in Catching Fire. Ross is not signed for the sequel, and, reportedly is hesitant about the quick turnaround Lionsgate has planned for Catching Fire.
The studio's urgency stems from Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to the X-Men franchise. Fox's decision to shoot its X-Men: First Class sequel next January ostensibly cleared the way for Catching Fire to make its scheduled August-September production start, but only gives Ross about four months to approve the script that Academy Award–winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) has delivered and prep for the sequel shoot, which apparently is less than desirable to Ross. However, what isn't desirable for Lionsgate is waiting for Lawrence to finish work on a First Class sequel before they can continue with a Hunger Games franchise that, in just three weeks, has already earned more money domestically than any Twilight installment. Waiting could push Catching Fire off by nearly a year, so expect the studio to reach some kind of agreement with Ross soon.