Director Gary Ross leaves ‘Hunger Games’ sequel

Director of first film will not direct follow-up, ‘Catching Fire’

Director Gary Ross has left the helm for 'Hunger Games' sequel
Director Gary Ross has left the helm for ‘Hunger Games’ sequel

The story that started with The Hunger Games will continue in a second installment called Catching Fire, but Gary Ross will not be handling directing duties.

Playlist at Indiewire has reported that the director of the recent hit is now officially out of the director’s seat for the sequel.

He issued the following statement:

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.

REVIEW #1: Forget ‘Twilight,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ is the real deal

Personally I think this might be a good thing. While Ross handled the dramatic scenes in The Hunger Games competently, he did not do the action all that well, resorting to shaky cam. Even scenes that were mere fistfights and wouldn’t have had any blood shed were done in this manner.

My recommendation for the job? Andrew Davis.

An action film veteran who’s worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal, he pulled off a huge commercial and critical hit with The Fugitive. It won Tommy Lee Jones his Oscar and was nominated for several more, including Best Picture. He has also proven himself with young adult novel material having directedHoles. If he can recapture the magic, this could really be a great film.

REVIEW #2: Even if you didn’t read the books, ‘The Hunger Games’ is a winner

Another personal favorite of mine is Edward Zwick. The director of, among others,GloryCourage Under FireThe SiegeBlood Diamond, and Defiance has proven to be in expert in action movies with political overtones.

Presumably, all the actors who had their characters survive will return.

Despite this setback, Catching Fire is on track to begin shooting this fall and be released in theaters on November 22, 2013.

And Palladino

And Palladino is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in film studies. He has been writing about films since the age of 14 when he first started contributing to the Home News Tribune newspaper in New Jersey. You may have seen him buying drugs on Person of Interest or in The Wolf of Wall Street around the office, and will be in the upcoming films Noah and A Little Game. He has also worked on the documentary for the band Leftover Crack, and wrote the short story e-book Ernie's Journey, which can be downloaded for free from the iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or smashwords.com.

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