Gary Ross Not Officially Out as ‘Catching Fire’ Director: Source

By: Amanda Hasaka / April 6, 2012

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Breathe (a little) easier Hunger Games fans!

While many have expressed their devastation at the news that director Gary Ross would not be returning to direct The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, a source close to the situation tells Celebuzz that “nothing is official.”

After some lengthy negotiations, many are citing Gary’s film-making eye to be the main reason he would consider not coming back, not money.

Gary has directed a number of varying projects from Pleasantville to Seabiscuit, and the website The Playlist is reporting that the director’s “burning desire simply isn’t there to spend another couple of years with Katniss in the Capitol.”

We’re rooting for Gary to come back, as Catching Fire just wouldn’t be the same without him! As President Snow says, “the only thing greater than fear is hope,” and we are definitely hoping Gary will return. (Reminder, the extra President Snow scenes that steal the movie were written by Gary himself!)

Do you want Gary to direct the next sequel, or would you like to see someone else take a shot? Sound off in the comments!