The World Watches And Says- "Shame."
You'd think after helming what is likely to be one of the biggest financial movie successes of 2012, you'd stick around to work with as much vigour and energy on its inevitable sequels in the near future, but for Gary Ross that simply hasn't been the case with The Hunger Games (4.5/5). Liongate have confirmed that the director will not return to head Catching Fire, which means they'll be fast on the hunt for a new helmer in order to commence shooting on the second movie in the series as soon as possible. The reason for the need for speed? Lead Jennifer Lawrence has only until the end of the year to shoot this particular sequel before 20th Century Fox need her over on their anticipated production of the sequel to 2011's hit superhero flick X-Men: First Class (5/5). There's no denying that this will be quite a challenge for Liongate to manage, but judging by their first effort with Suzanne Collins' great series of novels, I'm sure the team won't let us down with their choice of director or indeed the final product. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set for worldwide debut in cinemas on November 23rd, 2013.