The Pros and Cons of a New Director for The Hunger Games Sequel
By Jamie Krakover
Many fans and even some of the actors of The Hunger Games have expressed sadness at the news that Gary Ross will not be returning to direct the sequel, Catching Fire. As the hunt for a new director progresses, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of a new person in that role.
Pro – Another director may provide a new look and perspective for the series and avoid the same old tired shots. Catching Fire has a lot of changes, with a completely different arena look from The Hunger Games and many new settings. A new director will have room to interpret scenes, and give viewers a change in perspective.
Con – Gary Ross did such an amazing job with the first movie that it will be hard to top it. Expectations are already high for the sequel, which could put a lot of pressure on a new director. In addition, fans will want continuity between the two movies, and another director could change things so much so that the new film appears to be a different world.
Pro – New directors can bring out a new side of an actor’s ability. As Catching Fire starts, the characters are in a very different place than in the beginning of The Hunger Games, and they change even more drastically as the sequel progresses. A new director may be able to encourage a change in the actors’ portrayals of their characters.
Con – The actors developed a relationship with Gary Ross. Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) has said “in my mind Gary Ross is the only person for the job.” The returning actors will have to get to know a new director and feel comfortable enough with him or her to perform to the high expectations set by the fan base.
Pro – The sequel will most likely come with a higher budget. The new director will not be under tight monetary constraints to create Catching Fire. There will be more room for creative freedom, and a chance for bigger effects, CGI, more elaborate costumes, and other improvements.
Con – Too much money for a new director in a series can bring about a potential change in direction. Too large a budget might lead a new director to emphasize special effects and art direction over character development, tipping the fragile balance already established.
With all the rumors floating around about Catching Fire, it’s understandable that the fan base is worried about the future of The Hunger Games movies. Fans have a number of opinions about who should direct the new film, and some are even in favor of petitioning for former director Gary Ross; unfortunately, at this time Ross says he has no plans to return. There are sure to be many developments between now and the November 22, 2013 release of Catching Fire, but certainly the most pressing issue for fans right now is who the movie’s new director will be, and they wait anxiously to hear the news.
What are your thoughts on a new director for Catching Fire? Will you miss Gary Ross, or are you happy about the prospect of a new face? Is there someone you’d like to see direct the sequel? To whoever is chosen, may the odds be ever in your favor!