Gary Ross Officially Departs 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'
Just this week we heard there we some tense negotiations between Lionsgate and director Gary Ross to return to the franchise he kicked off just last month with The Hunger Games. Word on the street from was that negotiations to have him helm The Hunger Games were already difficult because he had an Oscar nod in his past from Seabiscuit, and now that the franchise is a big cash cow, Ross is looking for a raise. Well, apparently talks have failed as The Playlist reports Ross has officially departed the franchise and will not sit in the director's chair for Catching Fire, the second installment in Suzanne Collins' popular trilogy.
However, while the trades have reported the issue about getting a raise, The Playlist has heard that Ross simply doesn't have a "burning desire" to spend another couple of years with the characters he helped bring to the big screen. In addition, apparently he already has some sort of unknown project in the works that will occupy his time instead of the franchise sequel. So now the question is who will step up to replace him in order to meet the already set November 22, 2013 release date. My choice is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, especially because of his experience with a post-apocalyptic world, and continuing a franchise respectfully while taking it to the next level. But there's a whole slew of qualified filmmakers from which to choose. Who should direct Catching Fire?