Gary Ross Officially Departs ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’

Just this week we heard there we some tense negotiations between Lionsgate and director Gary Ross to return to the franchise he kicked off just last month with The Hunger Games. Word on the street from was 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. Well, apparently talks have failed as The Playlist reports Ross has officially departed the franchise and will not sit in the director’s chair for Catching Fire, the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ popular trilogy. However, while the trades have reported the issue about getting a raise, The Playlist has heard that Ross simply doesn’t have a “burning desire” to spend another couple of years with the characters he helped bring to the big screen. In …

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