Director Negotiations to Delay ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’?

Sure the box office success of The Hunger Games, which has grossed nearly $370 million at the time of this article, has pretty much guaranteed the sequel Catching Fire is coming quickly. A release date has even been set for November 22, 2013, but apparently negotiations to bring back director Gary Ross have gotten pretty tense and could delay the film’s projected release. Word on the street from THR is that negotiations to have him helm The Hunger Games were already difficult because he had an Oscar nod in his past from Seabiscuit, and now that the franchise is a big cash cow, Ross is looking for a raise. More below. Ross was not already signed for a sequel in his original deal, though stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are already locked for Catching Fire, so there’s no worries there. The director was paid $3 million plus 5% …

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