Hunger Games director pulls out of sequel

Despite rumours suggesting as much flittering around the internet since The Hunger Gamesrelease, this still comes as a surprise. Gary Ross will not direct the sequel to the smash hit YA adaptation, Catching Fire.

Lionsgate released Ross’ statement regarding his exit (courtesy of Deadline):

“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.”

According to Deadline, one Lionsgate exec is “in shock.”

The studio is now officially on the hunt for someone to take over the adventures of Katniss and co. The film is still slated for release November 22, 2013.

Discuss: Who would you like to see take over from Ross?

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