We reported before on how the timing of filming for the sequel to X-Men: First Class, which hasn’t officially been set, could throw a gigantic wrench into plans of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. And now, things look like they might be getting worse before they get any better. As of now all the returning cast from The Hunger Games has been signed for the subsequent sequels, but director Gary Ross has not. A lot of the film’s success has been attributed to Ross’ deft handling of the adaptation so without him how will the sequel fare?
The Hollywood Reporter has, umm, reported Ross received $3 million for Hunger Games and also got 5 percent of its gross, which I’m sure will be sizable once this is all said and done, but it’s still a pretty small paycheck for an Oscar-nominated, veteran director. Chances are he’s gonna want more for Catching Fire, but will Lionsgate be willing to pay? They have a reputation of not breaking the bank for their hired talent so will they give Ross the raise he deserves? Signs are, unfortunately, pointing to no.
I guess it wouldn’t be unheard of for a franchise to switch directors. Warner Bros. had success shuffling directors with Harry Potter, but Summit didn’t necessarily have the best of luck doing the same thing for the Twilight series. Then again, the Twilight films still made an assload of money, but the quality of filmmaking never really improved. At least in my opinion, and I’m sure I’m not who the studios check with to gauge these things. But The Hungers Games made more than all the Twilight films and is well on its way to surpassing almost all the Harry Potter films. So, is Ross worth it?
And still, once Fox gets their act together and puts a date on the filming for that First Class sequel it could very well derail Catching Fire anyway. The future of Catching Fire is very up in the air at the moment but I suspect we’ll hear something very, very soon. Stay tuned!