In what seemed like a surprise to Lionsgate, Gary Ross has decided that one film in the installment of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series was enough for him. In a statement yesterday, he said that he will not be continuing with the franchise and will not direct Catching Fire. Although they were both critically acclaimed, his previous films Seabiscuit and Pleasantville were not the box office monsters The Hunger Games was and still is, so it seems like an interesting choice to not want to ride that wave with another film. Ross describes his reasons by saying, "Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, 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."
We applaud him for making the decision if he made it because he believes that he wouldn't have the time or ability to make the next one just as good as I think we can all thank anyone who doesn't make a movie just for the sake of making it, but actually cares about the quality of it. Many of the most successful book series adaptations have had different directors, ex. Twilight, Harry Potter, but I kind of liked the idea of having some consistency in style and tone of these films. What do you guys think? Did you like his version? Do you think it will hurt the franchise without him?