In a statement released after much online fussing, Ross said: “”Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire [second book in Suzanne Collins’ teen series]
“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.”
The Hunger Games has been a box office smash, cashing in to the tune of $460 million at the global box office thus far, scoring top spot in the UK and the USA. It’s box office haul has led to speculation that Ross anted a significant pay rise to helm the follow up.
Ross’s departure mirrors that of Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first instalment in the big screen Twilight franchise but jumped ship before the sequels, citing the punishing production schedule amidst rumours of salary negotiations.
There is no word on who Ross’s replacement might be, but Catching Fire is slated to hit theatres in November next year.