Just the other day I was wondering if Gary Ross would direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. Today The Playlist is reporting that earlier this week (while the media was pondering), Gary Ross apprised Lionsgate that he has exited the franchise and moving on.
What this means is now Lionsgate has go to find a new director for the sequel. Or more accurately, Lionsgate will now have to filter through the onslaught of director hopefuls showing up with resume in hand for the Hunger Games sequel.
According to the report, Ross has something already in the works that he’s written that will net him a better payday than a directorial effort on Catching Fire could get him.
Which leaves the door open for Lionsgate to find more fresh blood and more than likely, at a discount rate from what they had or were willing to pay Ross.
And if you’re worried about the franchise switching up directors, though I would have liked to have seen Ross continue with the franchise, other franchises have been very consistent in swapping out directors while creating multiple chapters of a movie franchise… check out Twilight, Harry Potter, Paranormal Activity, Ghost Rider, Star Trek (not the Abrams reboot), Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, just to name a few right off the top of my head without looking things up…
In other news, Jennifer Lawrence‘s film schedule has worked itself out so that there will be no foul play when it comes to filming both her roles in the X-Men First Class and Hunger Games film franchises.
Whew! And yes, there was a potential issue because Fox had first dibs on Lawrence’s time due to contractual obligations.
It’s cool it all worked out.
The Playlist: Catching Fire Needs A Director.