Is Gary Ross Breaking Up With The Hunger Games Fandom?

This is NOT a drill. Prepare to panic, people! You’re getting two Gary Ross posts in two days but dammit, there’s good reason!

Gary Ross Jennifer Lawrence Josh Hutcherson Liam Hemsworth The Hunger Games

Don't ruin this!

Gary Ross–

Is this.. Are you… Are you breaking up with us?

No. No! NOT REAL! This fandom is about to become your crazy ex-girlfriend that refuses to just let you go without a damn good explanation!

You’ve always seemed like a passionate, down-to-Earth fan. You weren’t some director who was only looking to make The Hunger Games into the next big franchise. You understood its depth and intricacies. You never took the power of the fanbase for granted, either.

While it’s true that the movie was not absolutely perfect, it was one of the best book-to-film adaptations we can name in recent years. Sure, there’s a few points that could have been explained more thoroughly, like the District 12 salute and why Peeta joins up with the Careers. However, those small changes didn’t detract from the movie so much that we couldn’t enjoy it, nor do we know of anyone who didn’t understand the film because they haven’t read the books.

Of course, there’s always those sorry “fans” who will say they movie sucked because the dead bodies weren’t collected by hovercrafts or some character’s eye color changed. Please ignore these crazies. They need some sense slapped into them. (Critics fall into the same category.)

At first, they said you were threatening to leave us for the money. Frankly, we didn’t really buy it. You DESERVE more than $3 million, given that a raise is standard for these sorts of jobs. But even so, you don’t seem the type to pitch a fit for the sake of some extra dough.

Then they said you just don’t care about us anymore. You’re burnt out on the whole Hunger Games crowd. You want to run off and work on your own feature, which you can apparently only do at the same exact time as Catching Fire. Unless we hear this from you, we CANNOT believe it. Besides disbelieving that IndieWire of all sites got the exclusive, you have been so lively and passionate about the series! Just days ago, you were discussing the changes in aesthetics and tone that you plan to make in Catching Fire. Either you were trolling the fans or you seriously believed that you would be in the director’s chair for Catching Fire!

So what’s happening, really? Studio bureaucracy? Many of the people working on The Hunger Games dipped their hand in Twilight at some point, so we know they wouldn’t be afraid to sacrifice quality for sales. Do they want to do something disastrous like heat up the “love triangle” or hire a talentless prettyboy like Alex Pettyfer to play Finnick? You can tell us, Gary. We worry about these things too! WE UNDERSTAND.

In fact, we fans understand so much that there’s now a video petition and a twitition. You’ve even got your own rockin’ hashtag on Twitter: #GaryRossIsBoss

Of course, none of this is confirmed. We’re waiting for negotiations to finish or contracts to be signed or press releases to be written up. Either way, it kind if sucks to be a fan snuck in non-confirmation limbo.

In the meantime, we’ll take the advice of The Gin Blossoms–

I don’t wanna take advice from fools / I’ll just figure everything is cool / Until I hear it from yooooooouuuuuu…
The Girl With The Pearl

P.S. Click READ MORE to see how you can get involved with the Gary Ross is Boss campaign!

By now we’ve all heard the news that Gary Ross may not be returning for Catching Fire. It’s sad news that has sent shockwaves across the Hunger Games fan community- partially because Gary has always presented himself as one of us, as a fan. Having a fan in charge of the film meant that the source material was always going to be respected, that the messages of the book would be honored, that our series would be more than just an adaptation– it would be an experience akin to reading the books.

Keeping Gary at the helm for all films in the franchise also means continuity, both in style and theme. It means that we get one complete journey (like in Lord of the Rings) instead of a fragmented mosaic (like in Harry Potter). If any story deserves to be told as one complete journey, it is The Hunger Games.

We want Gary Ross back, and we know you do, too; and, fortunately, with nothing confirmed officially, we may still have time to make a difference in this decision. Fans, especially passionate fans, have made great things happen before. They’ve saved TV shows from cancellation. They’ve brought TV shows back from cancellation. They’ve pushed cancelled TV shows to be extended into feature length films.

Fans have power.

So, today, Tributes, if you want to see Gary Ross in the director’s chair for Catching Fire, we ask that you make your voice heard and sign our video petition. Here’s how it works:

1.) Create a 2-3 minute YouTube video asking for Gary Ross to come back for Catching Fire. Be creative! Be impassioned! But, most of all, be courteous– we know you might have a lot of FEELINGS, but remember to be polite.

  • At the end of the video, please thank Gary for his work with the film and give him the three finger salute.
  • If you get stuck and aren’t sure what to say, here’s a prompt you can follow:

Hi, my name is ________, and I am a fan of The Hunger Games. It means a lot to me and to other fans of the series to have someone directing Catching Fire who is not only successful and talented, but who also loves the series as much as I do.

I believe that person is Gary Ross.

From his devotion to casting the perfect Katniss to his vision of Panem to his dedication to ensuring that the film respects the socially conscious messages of the books, Gary Ross has proven time and time again that he loves this series as much as I do. I want to see his vision continue throughout the rest of the franchise. I want to see who his Finnick is, what his Quarter Quell Arena looks like, how he’ll plant the seeds of revolution in Panem.

I am asking that Gary Ross come back for Catching Fire. As a fan of the books who was sold on the movies because of his commitment, I need him to return.

Thank you to Gary Ross for all of his incredible work.

And thank you for your consideration.

2. Upload your video to YouTube — make sure to do the following:

  • Title your video “Gary Ross Is Boss – [Your Name Here]”
  • Tag your video with the following: GaryRossIsBoss

*All submissions will be collected and featured on http://www.youtube.com/GaryRossIsBoss

3. Spread the word. Link to this post or to the YouTube page. Share it on Facebook. Tweet it. Tumble it. Get your friends to do it!

4.  If you don’t feel comfortable posting a video, send a picture of yourself doing the three finger salute and holding a sign that says Gary Ross Is Boss with the link (youtube.com/garyrossisboss) to GaryRossIsBoss@gmail.com–we’ll compile all the pictures into a youtube video.

So that’s it! Record your videos/submit your pictures, and let’s make sure that the voice of the fans is heard!  And, don’t forget:

“Make sure they remember you.”

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13 comments

  1. I don’t want to be ”that girl”. driving by late at night, calling him and hanging up, listening to Adele and sobbing non stop, but we can’t just let him go without a fight. I love how immediate everything is with fandom. just a hint of something good or bad, seconds later, we react. Now to get to my Gary Ross Is Boss video.

    1. Bravo! You said it best. We don’t want to be the pathetic fan, but we can’t just sit there and belief Gary Ross flat-out gave up on us. We’ll be working on videos too! Here’s hoping Gary somehow sees all this and feels the love!

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