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Jennifer Lawrence in Catching Fire while Gary Ross exits

07 April 2012

While it was reported that Gary Ross intended to direct the follow up to the Box Office smash hit The Hunger Games, word is that the filmmaker has bowed out of the mega hit franchise.

This comes after it was reported that Ross would not return for Catching Fire unless he received a significant increase on his $3 million salary, an insider claims that Ross is actually not concerned with a big money offer instead he has opted to leave Panem for his own project.

According to The Playlist, Ross informed The Hunger Games producers Summit and Lionsgate of his intention to exit the franchise earlier this week and while there is no word on a replacement, Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy has has already written a draft of Catching Fire.

Thankfully Catching Fire hasn't lost its star Jennifer Lawrence, after lengthy negotiations between Fox and Lionsgate, she will shoot Catching Fire and an X-Men: First Class sequel back-to-back.

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