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Gary Ross to Direct Catching Fire?

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Gary Ross may still come back for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games reports Deadline.com.Yesterday an “exclusive” by indiewire/ The playlist’sKevin Jagernauthasserted that Ross had “officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week, that he will not be coming back.”
The article went on to claim that Ross had left the movie franchise-to-be not because of money (despite a “lowball salary offer”), but because “the burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol.”

Be that as it may, Deadline’s Nikki Finke and Mike Flemingsay they’ve heard “from multiple sources close toCatching Firethat director Gary Ross has not formally withdrawn fromThe Hunger Games sequel. Ross is off on a family vacation and couldn’t be reached, but these internet reports that described his withdrawal as definitive are simply not accurate.”Finke and Fleming add that “Ross lobbied hard to getThe Hunger Gamesand turned it into the biggest hit of his directing career.” Not that Ross has had a long career as a director:PleasantvilleandSeabiscuit, both featuring Tobey Maguire, are the only other feature films to his credit.

Prior toThe Hunger Games, Deadline affirms, “he developed several serious historical dramatic projects under his deal at Universal that didn’t get off the ground.” And that sounds kinda surprising, considering that in 2003Seabiscuitgrossed $120 million at the North American Box Office (though it flopped overseas with only $28 million) and went on to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

Anyhow, Deadline expects Ross to be back behind the cameras forCatching Fire. Unless, that is, that “lowball salary offer” becomes a problem. And we’re back to this issue being all about contractual matters.

Source: ALT FG

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