November 09, 2012

INTERVIEW: Gary Ross says that he has no regrets about leaving The Hunger Games franchise

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gary Ross talked about his new children's book, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, and his decision to leave The Hunger Games franchise.

As for The Hunger Games, Ross insists he’s never second-guessed his ultimate decision to walk away from the franchise after co-writing and helming the phenomenally well-received first installment.
”I didn’t feel that I would have the time for the way that I work to do the movie justice,” he says. “I wear two hats. I don’t wear one hat. When you write and you direct that’s a linear process, it’s not a simultaneous process. I would’ve had to have written a script and prepped the whole movie in four months and on the first movie that’s a process that took me eight months. And I thought [Catching Fire] was a more difficult adaptation, not an easier one. I didn’t really feel I had the time I needed to live up to my own standards. And I haven’t had a moment’s regret. It was absolutely the right decision and I’m thrilled about new challenges.”


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