The Cabin in The Woods Duo, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, were approached by Variety and asked about their interest in directing Catching Fire. While they love Suzanne Collins‘ trilogy and are fans of how Gary Ross started off The Hunger Games franchise, neither of them wants the job.
When asked whether they’d be interested in the opportunity to direct “Catching Fire,” should Lionsgate offer them the chance, both directors expressed admiration for Suzanne Collins’ trilogy but stopped short of campaigning for the sure-to-be coveted job.
“You know, I love the books and I really love the movie,” said Whedon. “I think Gary Ross [did] them all beautifully, and who wouldn’t want to work with that cast, honestly? And I think the second book is really exciting. But I’ve been walking in somebody else’s world for a long time. I’ve spent the last two years doing that and watching ‘Cabin’ reminds me what it’s like when something comes purely from your own brain, how much fun that is. It’d be tempting as hell, not that they’d necessarily ask, but no, I feel like it’s time to go back into the ‘Insane-o’ place and see what else comes out.”
Meanwhile, Goddard seemed content to remain a fan from afar.
“I love Lionsgate so much that if they come to me with anything, I will always listen, because I can’t say enough good things about this company. I love them! I love the books and I loved the movie. I thought Gary did a phenomenal job and I’m excited to see part two,” said Goddard, after laughing at the admittedly baited question.
I guess Lionsgate will have to look elsewhere for their Gary Ross replacement.