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The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross intends to direct Catching Fire

19 March 2012

With only a few days left on the countdown to the eagerly anticipated release of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games comes word that director Gary Ross will helm the follow up entitled Catching Fire.

The Hunger Games is getting rave reviews across the board and when New York Magazine asked Ross if he has thought ahead to the follow-up he announced "They've asked me to do the next one. I'm attached to it, it's my intention to do it.

To be honest, I haven't really had time to think about the particulars of Catching Fire because, literally, this cake is right out of the oven and then I went right into the press junket, so I want to finish this movie properly and get it done. But no, I intend to do the next one."

The Hunger Games has been compared to the likes of the Japanese classic Battle Royale, a film that Ross reveals that he intentionally never saw adding "No, I've never seen it. I heard about it once I took this job and I intentionally never saw it. Right? Because it would be crazy for me to see it.

I wanted to have a pristine experience where I just did this movie absent of other things that were like it, and I thought it was important to kind of keep this a more antiseptic process. So I may see it now."

The Hunger Games opens on Friday and features the stellar cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Isabelle Fuhrman, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones and Donald Sutherland.

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