I’m not privy to any insider information on this one, but I will say I hope Ross is retained for the sequel and all the installments to come in the series. First of all, his passion and understanding of the material is genuine and impressive. In my conversations with Ross, it was clear that he was not just a gun for hire to launch a franchise and then take the money and run. (If reports are to be believed, in fact, his payday wasn’t all that exorbitant by Hollywood standards.)
Ross is a filmmaker who takes his time when choosing projects: “The Hunger Games” was only the third film he’s helmed in 14 years as a director. He’s credited as a co-writer on the film (a smart move by the studio for a man whose credits include “Big” and “Dave”), something none of the “Twilight Saga” directors, for instance, had an opportunity to do. And while I like the practice in some franchises of letting a different director put their stamp on a series in each go round (the “Mission: Impossible” movies are probably the best example of this), my gut tells me “The Hunger Games” would benefit from a consistent voice. I had some issues with the first “Hunger Games” film, but on the whole, Ross got it right. I’d love to see his vision realized for what’s to come in the life of Katniss Everdeen.