The Playlist is reporting that it is confirmed: Gary Ross will not return to direct Catching Fire. Previously we told you that negotiations over pay had stalled Ross’ confirmation as director of Catching Fire, and that it seemed odd considering how previously he had expressed such enthusiasm over the series.
Playlist states that Ross “is looking to change things up for this next effort,” and that he has another script lined up that will net him more cash than Catching Fire would.
While this is very disappointing, plenty of major franchises, such as Harry Potter, have gone on to great success with new directors. In fact, the first Potter film to feature a few director, Prisoner of Azkaban, would be the most critically acclaimed film in the series for seven long years, until another director took the honour with Deathly Hallows Part 2. There’s hope yet!
Who would you like to see in the director’s chair for Catching Fire?