After last week's announcement that Gary Ross was out of 'The Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire,' word came quickly that his demise was greatly exaggerated. But now we've heard that this matter has been settled and that Ross is out for good this time. I don't think there's a take back option here. Gary Ross is not directing 'Catching Fire.'
The Hunger Games
Fans of 'The Hunger Games' (and there are millions of us, er, them...) are going to be thrilled to hear that along with the 'Twilight,' 'Harry Potter,' and Bill O'Reilly conventions, a brand new teenage fan-fiction convention has now been added to the money-grabbing mix!
That's right 'Hunger Games' fans -- you have your very own convention!
It's 2012 and apparently people are still trying to ban books (and sadly, still succeeding). So much so that the American Library Association actually celebrates "Banned Books Week" to celebrate the First Amendment and to fight back against the banning of books. In their research on 2011, they found a surprising addition to their list of the most frequently banned books: Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' trilogy.
What an interesting clash of cultures. Katniss Everdeen, butt-kicking savior of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ stands for independence, self-sacrifice and survival under harsh conditions. Barbie, the iconic Mattel toy, stands for bathing suits, nightgowns and flirting with Ken. Can the two ideals intertwine?
For the third week in a row, the odds remained firmly in the favor of 'The Hunger Games,' which stayed number one at the box office and made crossing the coveted $300 million mark look as easy as snapping a child's neck in a man-made arena for an audience of millions. If watching the box office is to movie fans what performance stats are to sports fans, we can safely call 'The Hunger Games' a star athlete. With little blockbuster competition standing in its way until 'The Avengers' hits on May 4, $400 million is looking more and more likely.
Yesterday, we reported that director Gary Ross was officially and definitively off the 'Hunger Games' sequel, 'Catching Fire.' Now, it's being reported that he's not out of the running quite yet. Now we can stop playing the "who will direct 'Catching Fire'?" game and go back to the "will Gary Ross return to Panem?" game.
There's a new rule in Hollywood: if you make a franchise picture, you're going to be signed to a multiple-picture contract. For Jennifer Lawrence, it may have been the price to pay for both 'X-Men: First Class' and 'The Hunger Games.' Who knew both would generate sequels? There was squabbling between 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate about who could have her first for their sequels, but it seems that argument is over. 'X-Men: First Class 2' (or whatever it's called) will start shooting in January.
You too, Lionsgate? It looks like Gary Ross is going to have to really fight the studio to direct 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' if he wants to return for the sequel. After doing such a wonderful job with 'The Hunger Games,' it's sad to see that Lionsgate isn't particularly keen on signing up the film's writer/director to the sequel right away. The question is, Why are they so hesitant to bring the seasoned director back on board?