And, now the real reason was revealed.
Apparently, actress Jennifer Lawrence was committed to two upcoming sequel projects for production at the end of this year and early next year. The two projects were Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s â€œX-Men: First Classâ€ sequel and Lionsgateâ€™s â€œCatching Fireâ€ sequel movie in â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ franchise.
â€œAs a writer and director, I simply donâ€™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,â€ he told The Hollywood Reporter this week.
Although Ross did mention it directly, Twentieth Century Fox had a strict production start date for January 2013. So Lionsgateâ€™s bond company had a firm date to complete filming by December 20 with an August production start date before Lawrence must report to Foxâ€™s sequel project.
Lawrence signed on to Foxâ€™s X-Men project predates her contract on â€œThe Hunger Games.â€
And, Ross didnâ€™t want to be rushed.
So, itâ€™ll look like itâ€™s happy hunting for a new director for Lionsgate.