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.