Last night, Gary Ross’ statement regarding his decision not to direct Catching Fire was released. THR shares some details which led to Gary Ross’ exit from the Hunger Games sequel.
Ross did not allude to Fox, which had imposed that schedule by putting a January start date on its X-Men: First Class sequel with an ensemble role for star Jennifer Lawrence. And Ross did not express his misgivings about the particular challenges that he perceives in framing and executing a film version of the second book, Catching Fire.
Fox’s January date led the bond company on Catching Fire to insist that Lionsgate commit to finish filming by Dec. 20, backing the studio into a production schedule with an August start date that Ross felt he could not accommodate. (Fox’s deal with Lawrence predates her contract for Hunger Games, putting X-Men in a priority position.)
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