Asked by jedishywalker
I understand what you mean, but that would have been the case even if Ross had stayed with the franchise, and this isn’t as much of a Hardwicke/Twilight issue where Ross stepped down because he didn’t want to rushed. Gary Ross left because he doesn’t like to repeat himself. He’s directed exactly three films, and each is a different genre and a dramatically different style. You’re right to be worried about that, of course, it’s a legitimate concern. However, make sure you’re just worried, not convinced. The people who are convinced this will hurt the franchise are the people who these posts are mostly directed towards.
The thing is, I can get behind that the same way I can get behind J.K. Rowling not wanting to write more books in the Harry Potter universe. It’s the same way I can get behind Bill Watterson giving up Calvin and Hobbes, or Chris Nolan ending the Batman series at three films.
Now, everybody talks about “Gary’s leaving us” as if:
I think, actually, that this can be summed up by Troy and Abed’s pillow war:
It’s similar with the “rushing to put out a sequel” issue:
However, that’s not necessarily the best option for every franchise. For a cultural phenomenon with the nature of the Hunger Games, it has to ride its own wave of success, and if they want to make sure they get the most from the series, they have to release the movies before the target audience gets much older. It’s not like Harry Potter where the audience grows up with the characters.
Readers: think about yourself right this second. Now think about yourself as a freshman in high school, and as a senior in high school. Teenage years contain the most rapid self-discovery and change a person goes through. If you wait two or three years to make and release the film, you run the risk of losing the audience completely.
I’m not saying y’all shouldn’t be skeptical. Everyone should maintain an attitude of healthy skepticism about everything at all times. I’m just trying to combat an attitude of certainty that these things are damaging to the franchise.