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Official: Gary Ross drops out of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire

Gary Ross has announced that due to time constraints he will not be able to direct Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games:

Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.

Click over the jump to read Ross’ complete statement and Lionsgate’s response. Catching Fire is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22, 2013. Click over the jump to

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ABC Family acquires television premiere rights to The Hunger Games and upcoming sequel Catching Fire

ABC Family continues to grow its program offerings and has acquired the network television premiere rights to the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” in a deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, the two companies announced today. The announcement comes on the heels of “The Hunger Games’” record-shattering debut, with an estimated $155 million at the North American box office this past weekend, the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time.

The acquisition, which also includes the network television premiere rights to “Catching Fire,” the second movie in the franchise, was announced today by Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, and Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution. The deal gives ABC Family the rights to be the basic cable home for the first two movies of “The Hunger Games” franchise. The films will begin airing on ABC Family in 2014.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Lionsgate sets November 22, 2013 release date for Catching Fire

LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that it will release CATCHING FIRE, the film adaptation of the second book in Suzanne Collins’ runaway bestselling HUNGER GAMES trilogy, on November 22, 2013. The announcement was made by Joe Drake, co-COO of Lionsgate and President of its Motion Picture Group. No further details about CATCHING FIRE have been confirmed at this stage.
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Report: The Hunger Games trilogy will be broken up into four movies

Collider reports that Lionsgate will break up Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy into a series of four movies. The adaptations begin with the first film, The Hunger Games which is set for release on March 23, 2012. The second and third books are called “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, respectively. Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger […]