Gary Ross

Gary Ross, of Hunger Games fame, may be gearing up to take a shot at Disney’s Peter Pan character in a prequel to the classic adventure known as Peter and the Starcatchers.  Disney has been working on the project for the last year and it looks like they have targeted the now-all-powerful Ross to take the lead on it.

Originally a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson, Peter and the Starcatchers has already become popular enough to generate its own Broadway production that has gathered an amazing five Tony awards.  And while film is certainly not Broadway, the potential for Disney to milk Peter Pan for some serious cash while providing audiences with more adventures from the famous characters is too good to pass up.

If you, like me, are somewhat unfamiliar with Peter and the Starcatchers, here is a brief description of the story:

A young Peter who befriends Molly, a shipmate he meets on the Never Land ship headed towards King Zarboff. Molly tells Peter of a mysterious trunk filled with magical starstuff that must remain out of the hands of the pirate Black Stache (who will lose his hand and become Captain Hook). Together Peter and Molly lead an effort to recover the trunk, which takes them on a treacherous journey.

If the movie does get made, it is just the start of a series of books, with three more already on the shelves and waiting to be converted to film format.  That could mean nice, juicy franchise potential for Disney and another big-money production for Ross.


Thanks to geektyrant for the info.

Following Gary Ross‘ decision to move on from the current blockbuster that is The Hunger Games, a tournament of sorts was held to find a new director. Actually, Lionsgate just wrote a list and started asking around. Anyway, after weeks of talks between directors, the studio has finally come to an official decision.

I am Legend director Francis Lawrence was confirmed by whisper before, but it’s all, like,  official now…

Read the full press release (after the jump)  for Francis’ response to his new gig below:


It appears that Francis Lawrence is squeaking ahead of Bennett Miller for the director’s chair on the set The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

It was reported earlier this week that Lawrence (I Am Legend) and Miller (Moneyball) had emerge as the two favorites for the film from a field that included Alfonso Cuarón, David Cronenberg, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tomas Alfedson, Cary Fukunaga, and Duncan Jones. But now it seems that Lionsgate is leaning towards Lawrence, whose other credits include Constantine, Water for Elephants, and music videos for Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Green Day.

The gig, reportedly, is Lawrence’s if he wants it, and the clock is ticking. The big hiccup in the job for Hunger Games director Gary Ross before he quite was the tight timeline Lionsgate has planned for Catching Fire. With a release date of November 22, 2013 already penciled in, and the fact that Games series star Jennifer Lawrence will be required on the set of X-Men: First Class 2 in January, Catching Fire will probably have to start rolling by the end of summer if not before. That leaves director Lawrence about three to four months of prep time, which might be fine for him, seeing as how the only thing he has on his plate right now is a pilot called Gotham.

So I guess now the question is if Francis Lawrence is indeed the man to bring Catching Fire into theaters next fall. It’s a bit disappointing that we won’t be seeing the Cronenberg version of Catching Fire – not that there was much of a chance of that – but Lawrence is a perfectly serviceable director; his Constantine was rather enjoyable in spite of being really nothing like the Vertigo comic, and everyone raves about the first hour of I Am Legend. He could do a good job if the script is right.

But what do you Bastards think? Yay or nay on Lawrence?

Source: /Film

With director Gary Ross bowing out of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has started to pull their resources together for a short list of directors to take on the sequel. With production on Catching Fire looking to get started sometime in August, time is starting to run out. Thankfully, the studio has it’s own tribute list all ready to go.

So far, the list contains Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men) , David Cronenberg (The Fly and A History of Violence), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu  (21 Grams and Babel) , as well as a few others who have yet to be named.

Any of those three would be a great name to have onboard. Personally, my vote goes to Alfonso Cuaron. Considering his work on Children Of Men, I think he would be well suited for The Hunger Games 2. But I can’t deny that I’m super curious to see what Cronenberg’s take on Catching Fire  would be. He and Cuaron should co-direct.

Is there anyone listed that you think should direct? Maybe someone who isn’t even listed?

Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22nd, 2013.

Source: Geek Tyrant

This year’s Hunger Games was such a huge hit both at box offices and in the hearts of fans, that the sequel, Catching Fire, was instantly approved and slated to release near the end of next year.  Unfortunately, it looks like the man-with-the-plan won’t be coming back in his key role.

Writer and director, Gary Ross’s return has been the subject of speculation for months now.  Many people said he wasn’t going to continue his work on the franchise, and it looks like they were right.

Lionsgate released a statement from Ross today in which he explains his decision:

“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.

I loved making ‘The Hunger Games’ – it was the happiest experience of my professional life. Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results. And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision.

I also cannot say enough about the people I worked with: Producer Nina Jacobson, a great collaborator and a true friend; the brilliant Suzanne Collins, who entrusted us with her most amazing and important story; the gifted and remarkable Jennifer Lawrence whose performance exceeded my wildest expectations, and the rest of the incredible cast, whom I am proud to call my friends.

To the fans I want to say thank you for your support your faith, your enthusiasm and your trust. Hard as this may be to understand I am trying to keep that trust with you. Thank you all. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

With Catching Fire scheduled for November of next year, Lionsgate best get on it.  Hopefully, they can find someone who will offer up the same level of quality that Ross brought to the table.  It’s been done before (the Harry Potter franchise comes to mind) and no doubt, with so much at stake, Lionsgate will be combing Hollywood looking for the perfect match.


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Gary Ross Could Still Direct ‘Catching Fire’

Turns out we all jumped the gun last week when we took the news Gary Ross and Lionsgate were in the middle of heated negotiations as a sure sign Ross would not be directing the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Well, those negotions are set to conclude today meaning he might not be out of the franchise just yet.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying Ross is looking for more money, not an unreasonable request considering The Hungers Games owned the box office again this weekend bringing its total gross to about $450 million, and he’s concerned about the rushed shooting schedule that’s been agreed upon to free Jennifer Lawrence up for the X-Men: First Class sequel. The First Class sequel is now scheduled to shoot in January and Lawrence’s contract with Fox is the stronger claim since she made First Class before Hunger Games. That leaves only four months for Catching Fire‘s pre-production to wrap up and get ready to film, but last we heard the script for the sequel isn’t even finalized!

Ugh! All this Hollywood bullshit is giving me such a headache! I’m betting by the end of this week we’ll know the future of The Hunger Games‘ franchise. Will Lionsgate strike a deal with Ross? Can they get their sequel filmed before Fox takes Lawrence away for X-Men? Tune in next time for the thrilling conclusion of Everybody Want Lawrence in Their Movies, Lionsgate Wants Ross to Direct at the Same Low Price, and Fox Doesn’t Give a Shit ‘Cause They Know They’ll be Making Bank.

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

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!

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Another day, another Hunger Games clip. Good lord, I’ve seen so many freaking clips these last few days that I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie. This really is starting to become a product of too much marketing. Anyway, this new clip features Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) bidding farewell to her hunting buddy Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

The Hunger Games – Clip No. 1

I really have no commentary on this scene. I’m sure Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Gale have met fan expectation and all, but I was far too giggly at how Jennifer is so easy to masturbate to, even when she’s all sweaty and distraught. Don’t you agree?

Maybe tomorrow Lionsgate will finally slip us fans a freaking scene from the games themselves. They’ve shown us everything else. Give us some teenage butchery right fucking now!

Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Amandla Stenberg and Stanley Tucci.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Source: Moviefone

Another new clip from The Hunger Games has hit the Internet and it features Donald Sutherland’s President Snow sharing a conversation with Wes Bentley’s Seneca Crane just prior to the 74th annual Hunger Games.

What’s truly interesting about this scene is that it’s not in the book. Although surely a scene such as this took place in the contest of the story, it’s interesting that Gary Ross is not slavishly sticking to the source material when it comes to scenes that will keep the storyline and pace of the movie moving. 

Directed by Gary Ross, the film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg and Stanley Tucci.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

What did you think about this scene? It certainly adds some depth and another layer of terror to President Snow’s character.