And we officially have our confirmation, and that news is that Gary Ross, director of this year's smash blockbuster The Hunger Games, will NOT return to direct the sequel, Catching Fire.
Lionsgate, the studio that produced The Hunger Games, has released two statements - one from Ross and one of their own. Ross' statement says:
|Ross behind the camera while filming The Hunger Games|
Personally I'm a little bummed that he won't be coming back to direct because I was a fan of his vision of Panem and his directorial choices. Sarah, are you as bummed as I am or no?
Sarah: Well, here’s the thing that always makes me nervous about bringing in a new director for another book series that has reached mega-fame just like Harry Potter and Twilight - when they change directors, the feel of the movie changes. With Twilight it was a much needed change. The first one was so awful. But with Harry Potter, it wasn't as much of a seamless transition.
With the Hunger Games series the first one was so good and about as close to the book as you can get. So to answer your question, no, I'm not bummed, I'm nervous. If this just becomes another book series jumbled up because they couldn't hold on to a director, then I'm going to be pretty upset.
Why couldn't they just lock the guy down like they did for The Lord of the Rings? I know, they were filmed all at once versus split-up, but c'mon, who WOULDN"T want this gig on one man's shoulders for a little bit?
A: I think the answer to your question lies in Ross' statement - the turnaround between writing the script for the sequel, doing pre-production for it and then filming it this fall is all really quick. But I don't know how that's going to be any better for a new director to come in and do the pre-prod and film it this fall. I think money WAS a factor and the schedule of it all is just a nice excuse.