Deadline: Gary Ross Has Not Formally Withdrawn from ‘Catching Fire’
Despite the blaze flashing through the internet like wildfire about Gary Ross formally bowing out of directing the sequel to the highly successful movie ‘The Hunger Games’, Deadline is now reporting that their sources say that Gary Ross has done no such thing.
As for the notion that Ross would simply toss away the opportunity to return and direct Catching Fire because of a salary squabble, the logic seems flawed. The Seabiscuit director knows the benefit of riding in a winner and not switching horses midstream. Ross lobbied hard to get The Hunger Games and turned it into the biggest hit of his directing career. Before that, he developed several serious historical dramatic projects under his deal at Universal that didn’t get off the ground. Staying for a sure-fire hit and a sequel that audiences actually want to see makes a lot of sense for Ross, particularly given how active the filmmaker has been in the construction of Catching Fire.