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Who will direct Catching Fire?
Who will direct Catching Fire?

With Gary Ross walking away from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Lionsgate have got a job on their hands to find a new director to helm the project. They will be hoping to name the new Catching Fire director as soon as possible, so that they do not delay the project too much.

With that in mind, a few names have popped up, being linked to the director’s role for Catching Fire. It is believed that Lionsgate have drawn up a shortlist of director’s who they believe would be able to come on board and do a fantastic job with Catching Fire.
 
Those currently reported to be on the shortlist to direct Catching Fire include, David Cronenberg (A History of Violence), Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel). It seems that the early favourite is Inarritu, who has previously been praised by The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence as one of her favourite filmmakers.
 
It is also believed that author Suzanne Collins has told Lionsgate that she wants a director who is more interested in making a great movie, rather than worrying about box office ratings. The director will need to sit with Suzanne and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to work on the script and filming will need to get underway by August to avoid losing Jennifer Lawrence to scheduling conflicts.
 
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Lionsgate consider The Hunger Games director Gary Ross part of the family
Lionsgate consider The Hunger Games director Gary Ross part of the family

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about The Hunger Game director Gary Ross and whether or not he would be returning to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. However, it appears that the whole matter has now been cleared up.

It was first claimed that Gary was asking Lionsgate for a substantial pay rise before it was then suggested that Ross was leaving to work on a project of his own. However, Gary Ross has since released a statement confirming that he will not be directing Catching Fire.
 
Now, Lionsgate have released a statement of their own, thanking Gary Ross for his work and admitting that they consider him part of the family. The Statement read, “We’re very sorry that Gary Ross has chosen not to direct Catching Fire. We were really looking forward to making the movie with him. He did an incredible job on the first film and we are grateful for his work.
 
It added, “This will not be the end of our relationship, as we consider [Gary] Ross to be part of the Lionsgate family and look forward to working with him in the future.”
 
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Gary Ross reveals reasons for exit from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire
Gary Ross reveals reasons for exit from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has revealed the reasons behind his decision not to return to direct the sequel Catching Fire. There have been many rumours regarding Gary’s stance on Catching Fire and he has now decided to set the record straight.

Ross explained, “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.”
 
He added, “I loved making The Hunger Games - it was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results.”
 
Gary continued, “Contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision.”
 
Lionsgate will now be in search of a new director for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire could still be directed by Gary Ross
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire could still be directed by Gary Ross

It seems that things are becoming very confusing regarding The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, as there have been a number of rumours regarding director Gary Ross. While it was believed that he had opted out of directing Catching Fire, it appears that that is not necessarily true.

It was first suggested that Lionsgate may have to look for another director, after Gary Ross wanted more money for Catching Fire than he received for The Hunger Games. Then it was claimed that Gary was not interested in money and would not be directing Catching Fire as he wanted to work on his own project.
 
However, it is not claimed that Gary Ross could still be set to direct Catching Fire, as he feels that he has close ties to The Hunger Games series. Gary worked closely with author Suzanne Collins for The Hunger Games and also suggested Simon Beaufoy to write the screenplay for Catching Fire.
 
A new director could possibly disrupt the harmony of proceedings and Lionsgate would love for Gary Ross to return to direct Catching Fire. So far though, nothing has yet to be officially confirmed and we will just have to wait and see what happens.
 
Catching Fire is expected to be released in 2013.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire not directed by Gary Ross
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire not directed by Gary Ross

It was reported earlier this week that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross had told Lionsgate that he would only return to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, if they upped the amount they had paid him to direct the first movie. However, it appears that that is not exactly the case.

A production insider has apparently told The Playlist that Gary Ross is not interested in a big money offer, as he has no interest in returning to direct The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Instead, he is going to work on a project that he has written himself.
 
It is no secret that Gary Ross is not a director that likes to stick to the same thing but it was thought that he may be tempted to return for Catching Fire. Now the hunt is on for Lionsgate to find a new director for Catching Fire, which is expected to start shooting this summer.
 
A script for Catching Fire has been penned by Oscar winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) but that script is expected to see a rewrite or two. Catching Fire will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and is expected to be released in November 2013.
The Hunger Games sequel hits problems
The Hunger Games sequel hits problems

Following the success of The Hunger Games, it was obvious that a sequel was going to be made and Lionsgate plan to push ahead with Catching Fire. However, The Hollywood Reporter have claimed that there has become a bit of a problem which could delay Catching Fire.

Lionsgate were hopeful that they could get director Gary Ross to return for Catching Fire but it seems that negotiations are not going great. Gary accepted a fee of just $3m, along with five percent of backend, to write and direct The Hunger Games but is hoping for much more to do Catching Fire.
 
Then there is the problem with Jennifer Lawrence, who will be returning to reprise her role as Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer is also signed on to do the X-Men: First Class sequel, which could get in the way of Catching Fire. However, Coming Soon claim that Fox will film X-Men: First Class 2 in January, allowing Catching Fire to be filmed this year.
 
Now it is all in the hands of Lionsgate, who need to decide whether to pay Gary Ross the fee that he is asking for or go in search of a new director. Catching Fire is currently expected to be released in November next year.
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire moved forward for December release this year
The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire moved forward for December release this year

It has been reported that the sequel to the record breaking movie The Hunger Games, which is titled Catching Fire, has had its release date brought forward from the end of next year to December this year, in a bid to keep the ball rolling on the franchise.

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and pretty much everybody else in The Hunger Games have confirmed that they are willing to jump straight back on board to film Catching Fire as soon as possible. Director Gary Ross has also vowed to return for Catching Fire.
 
The plan is to get filming underway right away, with some of the footage from The Hunger Games that had to be cut, being used for Catching Fire. Gary is also keen to film with whatever actors he can, whenever he can and does not necessarily need the whole cast available all of the time.
 
It is a bold move from Lionsgate and just as bold a move from everybody else involved but there seems to be a slight fear that some fans were a bit disappointed with The Hunger Games, so they are bringing out Catching Fire in December this year to try and make amends to those fans.
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Jennifer Lawrence discusses transition from Indie movies into franchises
Jennifer Lawrence discusses transition from Indie movies into franchises

The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence has admitted that she is a little surprised at the fact that she is currently involved in two big movie franchises, with the Gary Ross movie and X-Men: First Class last year. Jennifer claims that she always expected to stick to Indie movies but is proud of the franchises she is in.

Lawrence explained, “Indies were always my main source of work and I feel like all of a sudden I’ve woke up and I’m in two franchises that I love and that I’m proud of. That’s not a wake-up of regret, just a ‘wow, I never expected to see that’.”
 
She added, “But I’m still doing work that I love and I always think it’s mostly about the story and the character and working with good directors; it doesn’t really matter, the size of it.”
 
Jennifer continued, “When I was doing indies, everybody wanted to know why I wouldn’t do studios and it was just because it meant the story and the script and not the size of the movie. Then I just found a script and story and director I loved and it just happened to be huge.”
 
The Hunger Games is released around the world today.
Gary Ross wants viewers to feel like they are in The Hunger Games
Gary Ross wants viewers to feel like they are in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has revealed how he is hoping that viewers of the movie feel like they are actually involved in The Hunger Games. Gary told Coming Soon that it is his job, as director, to make the fans feel like part of the film.

Ross explained, “I want you to lean forward into the frame. I don’t want to push you back. I don’t want you to passively receive the movie. I want you to engage in the movie. My job is to pull you in and make this feel completely real all the time and never break the frame.”
 
He added, “I don’t want you to feel like you’re in a movie. I want you to feel like you’re in the Games. When you’re in the Seam, where she lives, a lot of the mines and other backgrounds are created in a computer. In the chariot sequence, literally all we had was a road.”
 
Gary continued, “But my feeling about CG is that it’s like music. You shouldn’t notice it. It should support the film. So we worked very, very hard in creating CG that you don’t notice.”
 
The Hunger Games is released on March 23.
Josh Hutcherson fell in love with The Hunger Games character
Josh Hutcherson fell in love with The Hunger Games character

The Hunger Games actor, Josh Hutcherson, has admitted that he instantly fell in love with his character Peeta, who he plays in the Gary Ross directed movie. Josh admitted that he sees a lot of similarities between himself and Peeta, which is what drew him to the role.

Hutcherson explained, “For me, Peeta is an amazing character. I fell in love with him right away. What’s crazy is that I’ve never seen a character that’s so much of who I am as a person. I just feel like his self-deprecating humour, his outlook on life, how he doesn’t want things to change him - that’s really part of who I am as a person.”
 
He added, “Being in this movie business from a young age, from nine years old, there’s a lot of times where you could let things change you, let people have a big effect on you. You have to make sure you stay true to who you are and what your value system is
 
Josh continued, “That was really important to me from a young age, and I think that’s something that really attracted to me about Peeta, because that’s how he is as well. He’s very much like myself. He’s outgoing, very much a people person, he has a way of being able to talk to anybody he meets.”
 
The Hunger Games is released on March 23.
Gary Ross discusses The Hunger Games tone
Gary Ross discusses The Hunger Games tone

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has revealed how he was fully focussed on getting the tone of the movie spot on in alignment with the Suzanne Collins novel. Gary admitted that he did not want it to become unreal and completely fall apart.

Ross explained, ”I knew that I needed to police the tone of the movie. I knew I needed to maintain what was a very narrow bullseye, tonally. ‘The use of the verité. How we kept things real. How we kept you engaged. That we never broke frame and let you think of this as a glossy piece of entertainment.”
 
He added, “Tonally, that this thing never become an unreal world, because then you’re out of Katniss’ point of view and the whole thing falls apart. That’s all I was thinking about, really. I was just thinking about tone, tone, tone.” He then admitted that there were a few rules that he did decide to break.
 
Gary continued, ”We also cut from people to the same people. There are like 300 jump cuts in the movie, too. You’re not supposed to cut from a person to themselves. We break a lot of rules, but it’s all very, very conscious and all within a style that we talked about in advance. It keeps the pace of the movie going and keeps the movie a little bit destabilised, as Katniss is.”
 
The Hunger Games is set to be released on March 23.
Elizabeth Banks reveals how she won The Hunger Games role
Elizabeth Banks reveals how she won The Hunger Games role

The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks has revealed how she emailed director Gary Ross, when she found out that he would be directing The Hunger Games, to let him know that she wanted the role of Effie in the movie. Elizabeth said in an interview with Den of Geek, that Gary was a bit too worried about casting Katniss before giving her the role of Efffie.

Banks explained, “Well, I really loved the books. I was an early adopter of The Hunger Games, I read them before they were best sellers, I was on the pre-order wait list for Mockingjay on Amazon.”
 
She added, “And Gary and I made Seabiscuit together, so when he got the job, I knew that the book was in great hands, and so – he and I are friends, so I just sent him an email that said ‘I love these books, and I’d love to play Effie’ and he said to me ‘yeah, that’s great Banks – I need to find Katniss.’”
 
Elizabeth continued, “I think I emailed him like the day after he got the job. I was like ‘Oh! You got the job! So, anyway, I’d like to play Effie!’ He was like ‘yeah, yeah, I have to find these kids first.’”
 
The Hunger Games is set to be released on March 23.