Who Should Direct the Hunger Games Sequel?
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 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). And while the lowball salary offer probably didn't help, Ross already has a fairly lucrative career as a screenwriter (and rewriter) and money isn't really the issue. Simply put, the filmmaker is looking to change things up for this next effort.
Mazel tov, Gary Ross. But damn this creative vacuum. Who to call on as his replacement? What's that guy who made Safe House up to next? My money's on him. Or Paul Greengrass. The shakier the camera, the better.