Patience is a Virtue

Yes, of course I’m going to write about Gary Ross today, what else would I write about?! Last night I was sad about the news, even shed a few tears, it literally felt like someone had died to me. But now, oh now — now I’m just angry. I thought I would write an article today about who I think would be a good replacement for Ross, but I’m kind of too pissed to do that right now, so no fantasy director lists will be blinding your retinas all thanks to me today. Nope, today it’s about hissing, and biting, and railing and wondering one thing, one tiny fucking thing (oh yeah, there might be swearing today), if time = money, and money = time, and Lionsgate has all the money — why can’t they just make more time?

No matter who takes the helm on Catching Fire it’s my opinion and many others, that they will not have enough time to make the kind of film Catching Fire deserves to be made into. The schedule is this: Four months for pre-production, that includes casting, concept art, set building, location scouting, legalities, permits for special effects — like pyrotechnics, transport, lodging, story boarding, costuming, training of actors and stunt people for action sequences, rehearsal time. Oh, and the most important thing — finalizing a script. That’s right people, they don’t have a finished script yet, they have a first draft, and no film ever gets shot with a first draft of a script. Production is slated to begin in late August, and they have to be done by December so Jennifer Lawrence can travel to England (I assume it’ll shoot in England again), to work on X-Men in January. That’s four months to shoot Catching Fire. Do you know how long it took to film The Hunger Games? 5 months. There’s not enough time in this schedule to make a truly quality film, a film that deserves to be the visual representation of this installment in The Hunger Games series.

Shylah Addante of DownWithTheCapitol.Net proposed an interesting idea, that I personally think would solve a lot of these scheduling problems. First it involves pushing back the release date by four months, so instead of having a November, 2013 release — it would have a March, 2014 release. The filming schedule would have to be altered, or blocked, or divided into even wider blocks of time, i.e. shoot the District 12 scenes in the autumn of 2012, disperse the cast and crew until summer of 2013, and then shoot the Arena and the Capitol scenes. Productions do disperse for months at a time, it has been done — so don’t think this idea is odd, please. I know it’s a long shot, but a petition has already gone up about this, we’re asking people to tag Tumblr posts with “CatchingFire2014”, your tweets with #CatchingFire2014, and if you’re so inclined — make youtube videos declaring that you’re willing to wait a few extra months for Catching Fire, and urge Lionsgate to simply push back the release so the story can get the treatment it deserves, not a rushed slap up job it may turn out to receive. Also, pushing back the release means Gary Ross, who has bowed out, could potentially come back to direct if he wants, and this time with enough time to make something consistent and quality. He has the notes now, the fan reviews, the professional reviews, he knows what people think he did wrong — and he can correct it or take it into account.

This is really about making this film into what it should be, even if Gary doesn’t come back to direct — giving the new director enough time to make something truly amazing is key.

Them There Eyes



    1. No, actually he does want to direct Catching Fire. No one can make a quality film, and adhere to the source material in this amount of time — Ross bowed out because he doesn’t want to fuck up the film, he doesn’t want to let himself down, or the fans, because he knows he can’t make it the right way with the time he has.

  1. Lionsgate made it clear what needed to be done and Gary Ross didn’t think he could pull it off, so he bowed out. End of story. This is not the end of the world and I for one am excited at the prospect of a new director.

    1. i guess we will never know what really went on during the infamous negotiations. one thing i know. lionsgate set a release date before having a script, and, most importantly, before securing a director. sure they were all counting on gary being on board for the sequel, but they didn´t sign him on officially. the filming schedule has been vox populi for a while. i recall reading an interview where jennifer specifically said they were back to training in july, and will start filming in the late summer-early fall. gary must have known about it, that´s for sure, sure he might have thought there was some wiggle room in there, and fox plans for the x-men sequel might have something to do with his exit, but the truth of the matter is, lionsgate always intended to film in the early fall. they all have handled this situation in a very unprofessional way, lionsgate especially, for taking things for granted, and gary for saying he would do it for the longest time and then bowing out at the last minute, leaving no time for a new director to do a decent job.

    2. I don’t think you understand what goes into making a movie, especially one as detailed as Catching Fire. As mentioned in the article, no matter WHO directs the film, they have about HALF the pre-production time allotted to make the average blockbuster and 3 1/2 months to film it, which is not nearly enough. If the film is a rush job, that will be obvious in the end result. We want Catching Fire to be a really good movie that doesn’t look cheap or feature bad shots because they didn’t have enough time to film. Don’t you?

      Also, we’re opening up to the prospect of a new director, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to pick an exceptional director. They could pick a really lousy director too. Either way, the franchise will make lots of money, so why would they bother with the more expensive director?

      1. There´s and article on the la times where they analyze the situation and say this is not the first time Gary Ross gets excited about a project, then all of a sudden leaves to get on something else. apparently it is a known fact in the film industry that he´s fickle like that. it pains me to say this, because i really think he´s super talented,

      2. Remember that the people at Lionsgate hired Gary Ross. They hired him because they thought he understood the premise of the books and they wanted a director who could do them justice. I don’t see why they would turn around and hire someone who is sure to mess Catching Fire up. I’m sure Lionsgate enjoyed how the movie not only made a boatload of money, but also was received favorably by critics. They will want CF to do the same. Realize that everyone involved wants the second movie to be just as much of a success as the first. There’s no evil villain who strokes his mustache while dreaming up diabolical plans to ruin the Hunger Games franchise. Take a deep breath. Everything will be OK.

  2. I would rather wait longer and have a perfect Catching Fire, then have a rushed, crappy one sooner. Any true fan knows it should be worth the wait, even if its a long wait. Lionsgate just doesn’t get that.
    Just Saying

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