If you ask any fans of (and any cast and crew) on The Hunger Games, they’d likely tell you they want director Gary Ross back for the sequel, Catching Fire. But Lionsgate had a strict timeframe in mind for the sequel and the two-part grand finale, Mockingjay, and Ross wasn’t willing to rush things in order to meet the deadline.
So off Ross went to find his next project, looking into many different options. But now the meticulous director has made a decision, and it looks like he’ll be working for Walt Disney next.
According to reports, Ross has chosen an adaptation of the Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson novel Peter and the Starcatchers as his next film with hopes of getting to work on it as soon as possible, most likely sometime in 2013.
A quickie update for all of you box office junkies out there. The Hunger Games, the first movie based on the Suzanne Collins book series, has now officially passed $600 million worldwide at the box office.
Lionsgate released the updated numbers, showing that the movie—which stars Jennifer Lawrence as one of the combatants in the Hunger Games, where two teenagers from each of twelve districts are forced to fight to the death until only one remains—has made $372.4 million right here in the States, and $228.5 million overseas.
This news is a few days old now, but for those who have not yet heard, a director has been chosen to fill in the space vacated by The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross for the upcoming sequel, Catching Fire.
Stepping in for the blockbuster sequel, currently set for release on November 22, 2013, will be Francis Lawrence. Lawrence, who has directed such titles as I Am Legend, Water For Elephants, and Constantine, appears to have been chosen only because he was one of the few whose schedule was clear…something that may not bode well for the constantly growing fanbase.
Lionsgate recently made it clear that they had every intention to bring back The Hunger Games director Gary Ross for the sequel, Catching Fire, after rumors began swirling that he wouldn’t be returning.
But apparently Lionsgate’s intentions, no matter how persuasive, have failed them. It’s being reported that Ross has informed the studio that he will not be jumping back into the director’s chair for Catching Fire, and Lionsgate is said to be “in shock” over the decision.
Read a statement from Ross below, as well as one from Lionsgate.
The Hunger Games “¨Directed by Gary Ross”¨
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland”¨
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Dystopian visions of a once eminent society are a much reliable subject matter in cinema. When done properly the results can be dreadfully potent, resulting in audiences pondering endlessly the future of humanity. Such effectiveness can be traced back to 1929, when the silent film Metropolis shocked audiences with its unprecedented vision of a hopeless future. The Hunger Games, the most recent and disturbing foray into a terrifyingly vivid dystopian society, which is based upon Suzanne Collins’ universally renowned book of the same name, still retains the foundation Metropolis adhered to 83 years ago: a representation of a bleak future that offers little hope.
The Hunger Games is a vicious representation of an American society fiendishly obsessed with violence, spectacle, personas, gluttony, betting, and meticulously concocted relationships doomed for failure. Remembering the first Harry Potter film or Twilight film, one can unhesitatingly perceive how drastically the worlds of those films differentiate from the world Collins has created. Her world is a disenchanted one, sufficiently harboring harsh, painful abominations carried out by teenagers devoid of any semblance of facial hair. For the majority of the film sentimentality and childishness are inadmissible, a kind of drapery thrown upon them in favor of a behavior that some may find confounding, while others may find it, oddly enough, magnificent.Â Â Â