‘Hunger Games’: Gary Ross will not direct sequel ‘Catching Fire’

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The search is on for a new director for Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.

Director Gary Ross addressed recent reports speculating about whether he would return at the helm for the second movie in the Hunger Games franchise. “Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct ‘Catching Fire’,” Ross said in a statement.

He cited time as a major factor for why he pulled out of the project. “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,” Ross said.

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