While just earlier today we brought the awesome news Jennifer Lawrence would indeed be playing both Mystique in the X-Men: First Class sequel and Katniss in The Hunger Games’ sequel thanks to First Class‘ sequel now beginning filming in January, now we’re also learning Gary Ross will not return to direct Catching Fire.

Here’s how the news was reported in The Playlist,

Though recent trade reports have spun the story as being an issue mostly about money, that’s pretty much a small part of the motivation. Ross has never been a filmmaker that repeats himself (going from satire in “Pleasantville” to horse racing drama in “Seabiscuit” and action in “The Hunger Games”) and we’re told the burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol (evidently, he also liked the first book best).

All right, so I have to respect the man’s reasons for not returning, but it’s a shame we won’t have the continuity between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire that comes with keeping the same director. I love all the Harry Potter films but you can’t deny there’s some serious stylistic changes between films when director’s changed, and they do affect the series’ flow as a complete story.

So, a director chair is open, who do you recommend?

Source: The Mary Sue

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