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Gary Ross Will Also Write 'East Of Eden' For Jennifer Lawrence, 'The Equalizer' Sequel Starts Moving & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 25, 2014 9:18 AM
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Though she’s looking to take a short break, Jennifer Lawrence still has her planned reunion with “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross to look forward to. Per THR, Ross has officially signed on to pen the screenplay to the epic two-part adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” in addition to sitting in the director’s chair, something he has done for his last three directorial outings.

Jennifer Lawrence & Gary Ross Reteam For 2-Part 'East Of Eden' & 'Burial Rites'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 8:14 PM
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While Gary Ross famously declined directing the "The Hunger Games" sequel, setting off a speculation frenzy until Francis Lawrence landed the gig helming the rest of the franchise, no one can doubt that the filmmaker and Jennifer Lawrence got on like gangbusters. So well in fact, that the pair are cooking up two projects together.

Peter Pan Prequel Will Be Next Directorial Effort From 'Hunger Games' Helmer Gary Ross

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 21, 2012 3:01 PM
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Now that the dust has settled around “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross’ exit following the first entry in the multi-million dollar film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book series, it looks as if he’s finally decided to start picking that next project he can use his 'Hunger Games' cachet on to get going. He did sign on for "Houdini" over at Summit, and while he was rumored to be eyeing "Tarzan" at Warner Bros., we were told the director would not be swinging from the jungle vines anytime soon. Instead, it was revealed Ross would be heading to Neverland with Disney, tackling the tale of another group of kids – albeit ones who never grow up.

Gary Ross To Direct Disney Peter Pan Prequel 'Peter And The Starcatchers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 5:55 PM
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After exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise earlier this year, director Gary Ross has been kicking the tires on a few movies. He signed on for "Houdini" over at Summit, and while he was rumored to be eyeing "Tarzan" at Warner Bros., reps for the director told us that simply wasn't the case. But having already proven he can get a new franchise off the ground, Disney is hoping he can take an established name to the next level.

David Yates & Susanna White Circling 'Tarzan' At Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 12:37 PM
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Update: Reps for Gary Ross inform us that he is not pursuing the Tarzan project at Warner Bros.

'The Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross Conjures Up 'Houdini'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 3:25 PM
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With "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross having officially moved on from the blockbuster franchise, with a desire to do something different, he has now signed up to tackle a famous historical figure and an adventure movie all at once.

Who Should Direct 'Catching Fire'? 5 Directors We Think Could Do The Job

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 11, 2012 9:59 AM
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So, writer-director Gary Ross, having helped make "The Hunger Games" into a gigantic hit, has decided to move on to new pastures. As we reported last week, Ross will be focusing on a new project, and after a few days, Lionsgate officially confirmed he will not be helming "Catching Fire," with both the studio and the director issuing formal statements.

Toldyou: Gary Ross Is Not Directing 'The Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire'

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 10, 2012 10:29 PM
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Well, we told you. All the hedging from PR reps and Lionsgate could not delay the inevitable. Gary Ross is leaving the “Hunger Games” franchise like we said he would. No, it’s not he’s leaving “after all” and no, it wasn’t premature. Well, it was if you were some of the media on the outside that was eating the sandwich that was being sold, but like we said, this was always the intention.

Exclusive: Gary Ross Leaves 'The Hunger Games' Franchise, Won't Direct 'Catching Fire' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2012 11:02 AM
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While this morning it was reported that Lionsgate and Fox worked out their scheduling issues to allow Jennifer Lawrence to shoot "Catching Fire" and the "X-Men: First Class" sequel essentially back-to-back, it looks like before cameras can start rolling on "The Hunger Games" sequel this fall, the studio will need to find a director. The Playlist has learned that Gary Ross has officially exited the franchise and will not direct the sequel, formally giving Lionsgate and Summit his notice earlier this week, that he will not be coming back.

As Helmer Gary Ross Plays Hardball With Salary, Could 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' End Up With A New Director?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2012 1:11 PM
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"The Hunger Games" is that rarest of things in the movie industry: an unqualified smash hit. In a world where tentpoles cost upwards of $200 million, Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' popular young-adult novel cost far less, but is doing the same kind of numbers: after the third-biggest opening weekend of all time, it's now taken more than $250 million in the U.S. alone, and half as much again abroad, making everyone involved very, very happy. But as franchises from Marvel to "Twilight" have displayed, once the studio starts making money, everyone else wants in on the action, and that starts to mess around with the business model.

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