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Could 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' End Up With a New Director?

By: Derrick Deane on April 4, 2012 at 3:00PM Comments (203)

It has taken less than two weeks for The Hunger Games to cross the $250 million mark domestically and $373 million worldwide. As we've seen in the past, when a franchise becomes profitable and the studio starts to make money, everyone else wants in on the action. While we haven't heard a peep from the stars of The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross, who co-wrote the first film, never officially signed for a sequel after what is described as a "terrible experience" negotiating the first film. Ultimately, he came away with a $3 million payday for the film along with a 5% take of the back-end.

Now with the attention turning towards Catching Fire, the second book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy, Ross is looking for a major pay raise. He points out the film's excellent reviews means the franchise will have "legs" when it hits theaters (film biz speak to say it won't hit #1 on opening weekend and then fade away to obscurity).

Certainly Lionsgate can bring on another director to replace Ross, but as we've seen in the past, this is a dangerous and often detrimental game to play. Marvel and Jon Favreau went their separate ways between the first two Iron Man movies and Twilight shuffled in different directors for each of their films, to avoid boosting salaries and production costs.

Ross beat out a handful of other directors for the Hunger Games gig including Sam Mendes, David Slade, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Andrew Adamson (the first Chronicles of Narnia) to name a few. With The Hunger Games overwhelming global success, Lionsgate could easily pluck one of these directors to helm Catching Fire. The question is, will it be for the better?

What do you think? Should Lionsgate give Ross a pay raise to return as director for Catching Fire? Or are you in favor of the studio bringing in a new director to helm what should be another massive theatrical blockbuster hit?

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  • Apr 17th 2012 6:55AM

    crystalbrown11  said...

    Let them bring on a new director. Maybe the next one will be better! ~ from a person not a fan of the first book adaptation

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  • Apr 16th 2012 12:43PM

    hglovr_musiclovr101  said...

    Oh yeah one more thing.......if you plan on seeing the movie.....READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!!!!The only time that I would have been confused if I hadnt read it was when Katniss asked Gale how many times his name was in and he responded 42.Plus,while the movie was amazing and I respect Ross very much for it,the book in my mind,will always be better.So yeahhhhh just read the book before you go see the movie so we dont have to listen to you complain how you "Couldnt follow it".Thanks

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  • Apr 16th 2012 12:38PM

    hglovr_musiclovr101  said...

    Oh yeah and for those of you who complained about the 'shakiness' of the film in the first 5 minutes of the movie,I have two points to get across to you.Dont take this harshly,just my personal opinion and pretty much common sense: 1)The shakiness(when I did notice)didnt even start until the games started so there is no way that you could have gotten a headache before that 2)If you saw it in IMAX-DONT SEE IT IN IMAX!!!!!!!Any sort of movie in IMAX can make you freak out or get a terrible headache cause that isnt the way that we normally watch movies. So theres my 2 cents for ya..........

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  • Apr 16th 2012 12:31PM

    hglovr_musiclovr101  said...

    While I do admit that the camera was pretty bumpy,I personally think it added to the aggressiveness of the movie.Ross did an amazing job on this movie,but times are tough for everyone.I say make a compromise between Lionsgate and Ross.I dont think it would be smart for the Catching Fire and MockingJay(if made) for you to switch directors.There were very few things that Ross left out and they were not even key components.I think he did a great job and The Hunger Games and can be very useful and creative in the making of Catching Fire and MockingJay.

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  • Apr 16th 2012 5:23AM

    Fandang-o-wow  said...

    100 comments here about the shakey camera style. Let's have a brief lesson in film making. The camera style is up to the Director of Cinematography. Does the Director have input? Yes. But the director's job is to direct the ACTION... to make the charachters seem as real as possible and make them move interactively so that sets don't look like sets. If you believed this film at all and thought the characters were true to the movie, then keep Gary Ross to keep that continuity and fire the director of cinimatography (Tom Stern).

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  • Apr 16th 2012 2:38AM

    Isa1967  said...

    Give the man a Raise! Don't mess with a good thing, He knows the material, he knows the actors, it's not like they can't afford it!

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  • Apr 16th 2012 2:33AM

    Isa1967  said...

    Give the man a Raise! Don't mess with a good thing, He knows the material, he knows the actors, it's not like they can't afford it!

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  • Apr 14th 2012 3:41PM

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    No I would prefer to get a better director in, I loved the acting and parts of the movie for sure, and I thought they kept alot of the book intact throughout, but the cinematography wasn't good and this is this director's 'style'...I did not like the over-done movement of the camera. They should bring in a new director...Del Toro where are you when we need you?!!

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  • Apr 12th 2012 9:32AM

    teawithalisa  said...

    I have to agree with everyone on this. Loved the book, movie was fun to see...however, I also was getting a horrible headache the first 5 minutes because of the constant shaking. I wanted so badly to focus on what was going on and I just couldn't see it. I believe they should bring a new director on as well. I had friends who did not read the book first and were a bit lost with the story...that says that important details were left out of the movie that could have easily been integrated. yes it would have been a bit longer...but fans don't care and would rather have the details than a shorter movie.

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  • Apr 8th 2012 9:43PM

    noah_at  said...

    Everyone's a critic. I thought there was no way this book could do well as PG-13 and it was a great movie. The next two are even more tedious. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Keep the Director.

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  • Apr 16th 2012 12:39PM

    hglovr_musiclovr101  said...

    I couldnt agree more

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  • Apr 8th 2012 5:32PM

    Jadey101  said...

    Thank you @Javanni I couldnt agree more.

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  • Apr 8th 2012 5:26PM

    Jadey101  said...

    I think with Lionsgate being a multi-million dollar company, they should suck it up and give the director a raise. He was genious and made it all make since. Sure they could've hired a better director in the beggining but 1: Its too late and 2: Gary Ross probably knows the sequel better than the actors and actresses in it. Susan Collins would be the only one who understood it more.

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  • Apr 8th 2012 1:23PM

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    Should definitely keep the same director as i have seen too many amazing films only to see the sequel not live up to the first because they changes directors. Especially with twilight i will not be seeing the final one due to the horrible direction from its newest director. I say if its working and successful why mess with it .

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  • Apr 7th 2012 11:50PM

    aioanoviciu  said...

    The shaking didn't bother me though, especially since it had to be from katniss's point of view a lot, but still, WAYYY to many close-ups

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  • Apr 7th 2012 11:48PM

    aioanoviciu  said...

    Def a new director, there was no space to really explore the capitol or district 12 more, too many close-ups!

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  • Apr 7th 2012 9:41PM

    abusser  said...

    Keep him! He was able to portray the violence of the Hunger Games but did it so the Pg-13 rating could be preserved.

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  • Apr 7th 2012 7:25PM

    albertosoliz  said...

    the cornucopia was a dark gray (not gold like the book), the wolf/dogs were in no way described like the book to be distinctive like the fallen tributes and there was tons else that didnt show like peetas new leg and katniss in the hospital or even the most important part the flying robots that pick up the tributes when they are dead.....

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  • Apr 7th 2012 4:53PM

    jurentie  said...

    I think they need to keep the same director. This was a very difficult movie to make with the amount of violence and the high expectations from the millions of people who have read the books. The Hunger Games definitely met those expectations, but now that the first movie was so amazing and such a hit the expectations will be just as high for the sequel. I believe Ross pulled it off for the first movie and he should stay to ensure he does the same for the second.

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  • Apr 7th 2012 10:24AM

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    Didn't Star Wars get a different director for The Empire Strikes Back?

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  • Apr 7th 2012 8:19AM

    maggiemama27  said...

    Please, please change the director for the next film... and while they're at it, find a different Peeta, take more time on the CGI, and choose a screenwriter that will sufficiently develop the characters. This movie could have been SO much better, but it was rushed and poorly executed. I welcome a new director.

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  • Apr 7th 2012 1:37PM

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    A new Peeta? Are you serious? Peeta was perfect! And the CGI was beautifully done as well. As far as developing the characters, for a movie, I think they did very well. You have to remember this is not a book where you read all about the character, in a movie a lot of the character development is in the body language, the facial expressions and the few words they get. And I applaud all the actors because I think they did a great job!

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  • Apr 7th 2012 6:16AM

    QuaileBird  said...

    I say keep him! There have been countless other times when a director was bumped and the sequel wound up being not even half as good as the first movie. I personally like Gary Ross' technique, and besides, the shaky cam thing (which, c'mon, was only in the first half an hour of the movie, and then in the first arena scene with all the killings) was really only bad if you saw it in IMAX. I have really horrible motion sickness on boats/planes and sometimes trains, and I was fine in the theater. Everything else was spectacular, and I feel that the movie represented the books very well. And okay, yeah, the movie didn't have everything, but honestly, only so much can be put into a 2 1/2 hour movie, and Ross managed to get mostly everything :)

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  • Apr 6th 2012 9:09PM

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    Call me crazy, but I still think that anyone who cares more about the money - in MILLIONS - rather than the actual work they create should be trashed, and put where they belong. He was damn lucky to have been given the job anyway, and now he's going to start pulling this crap. DUMP HIM.

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  • Apr 6th 2012 8:36PM

    kat1205  said...

    I think its a gamble but if the vision says true to the book and the imagination gains momentum. I see nothing wrong with staying or going with another director. Hopefully we get a great movie from it.

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