Gary Ross Won’t Direct CATCHING FIRE

Hollywood is abuzz over news that Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, has bowed out of the sequel, Catching Fire, scheduled for release in November of 2013. In a statement, he says, “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.”

The Hollywood Reporter speculated earlier that contract negotiations were not going well.

No replacement has been announced. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will return for the sequel.

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