We heard last week that despite Gary Ross' enthusiasm for the material, he will not return to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. But there was a conflicting report that Ross, who did a bang-up job adapting the first movie, was likely to direct the sequel and would say so himself once he returned from vacation. Sadly, that is not the case. Ross released an official statement explaining why he will move on from the franchise:
"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire.