According to Indiewire, the director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, will not join the team for the sequel, Catching Fire. Lionsgate and Summit was informed early this week and he is leaving for good.
They said that the issue about the money is just a small part of the motivation for Ross, who’s known to be a filmmaker that doesn’t repeat himself (he went from satire (Pleasantville) to drama (Seabiscuti) and action (The Hunger Games). It’s more of the desire to spend another two years or so in the Capitol isn’t really there.
The $3 Million salary might be considered lowball since The Hunger Games proved its mettle in the box-office, though, Ross already has a rewarding career as a screenwriter.
Anyway, the hunt is now on for the replacement of the director. Catching Fire will shoot soon and is slated on theaters by November 2013.
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