Gary Ross has not departed "The Hunger Games." According to THR, Ross will resume negotiating with Lionsgate about returning for the "Games" sequel "Catching Fire" at some point on Monday.
It has been quite a three days for Ross. On Friday, Indiewire's blog The Playlist exclusively reported that the director had stepped away from negotiations with Lionsgate, not because of any monetary strife, but because Ross wanted to do something different for his next film. That was countered by Deadline.com's Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming, who wrote on Saturday that Ross hadn't stepped away, and that Lionsgate wanted him to return but for a reasonable price.
Ross was reportedly paid $3 million to write and direct "The Hunger Games." He'll also earn five percent of the backend grosses, a significant number since "Games" has already accumulated $459 million around the globe.
Per THR, the negotiations between the two parties are "delicate," but a deal could get done soon. After all, "Catching Fire" begins shooting in August with a script from Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire").
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