Well that didn't take long, did it?!?
Last week, we heard reports of Gary Ross' departure from the Hunger Games franchise only to later hear it was all a rumor.
But as it turns out, that rumor had more truth to it than someone was trying to show!!
The seasoned director released this statement on the whole ordeal:
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.
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. And 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.
Wow!! Such a classy way to go, no?
We're glad, and honestly, somewhat surprised it went down so amicably!!
But for the love of Katniss, the new director better give it his ALL! HIS ALL! LOLz!
Welp! Farewell, Gary (again)! And may the odds be ever in your favor (again)!
P.S. - Doesn't this story sound incredibly familiar, Twi-Hards????
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: catching fire, director, franchise, gary ross, hunger games, jennifer lawrence, quits