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Gary Ross Won't Direct 'Hunger Games' Sequel

4/7/2012 12:30pm EDT

Gary RossMoviemaker Gary Ross has reportedly pulled out of negotiations to direct a sequel to "The Hunger Games."
Ross, who has wowed film fans and critics alike with his adaptation of the first book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy, has officially decided not to return, according to The Playlist.
Speculation about his successor for Catching Fire has begun with "The Hunger Games'" second-unit director Steven Soderbergh the early front-runner to take over the role.


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