‘Hunger Games’ Director Quits

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and director Gary Ross arrive at the premiere of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Despite the enormous box-office success of The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross won’t be returning to work on the sequel. The Hunger Games has made $263 million at the box office to date. While Ross received a relatively low $3 million salary for the film, his reasons for departing before Catching Fire, the next installment, aren’t over money. According to the blog The Playlist, the director, known for his ever-changing tastes, will instead be directing a project he wrote himself that is reported to be bringing him a bigger paycheck than the first Hunger Games installment. Catching Fire is slated to shoot this fall and open in November 2013.

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