Gary Ross Will Not Direct The Hunger Games Sequel

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photoThe Hunger Games director confirms his departure. Gary Ross has decided not to direct Catching Fire, the second installment in Lionsgate's blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise.

In a statement late Tuesday, Ross blamed the production schedule. "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.

The post-apocalyptic action-adventure The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale, is slated for a November 2013 release. Source: AP

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