Josh Hutcherson is doing press this week for Detention, the indie movie he executive produced and in which he stars. The timing is good for Detention coming while The Hunger Games is still number one, and interesting timing as news has broken that Gary Ross may not return to direct the sequel Catching Fire. Hutcherson doesn’t believe Ross will be replaced though.
“There’s not much doubt in my mind he’ll be doing it,” Hutcherson said in a roundtable interview. “I think so. I don't think there’s a chance at all he wouldn’t do it.”
Despite any reports over the weekend, Ross has not left the project yet and there’s no search for a replacement. The business-savvy Hutcherson thinks he sees what Ross is doing.
“There was nothing official. There’s a lot of different ways that you negotiate in movies so there’s different tactics for sure.”
Should it come to Ross leaving the franchise, we actually suggested Detention director Joseph Kahn. Joking aside, that’s obviously putting Hutcherson on the spot so he deflected it with diplomacy towards both his collaborators.
“I would not [suggest Kahn], first and foremost because Gary is my guy 100% through and through. Also because Joseph’s directing style I don't think would really fit into that world.”
In Hutcherson’s mind, there’s no one else but Ross for The Hunger Games. “I think he killed the first one. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Everyone who worked with him loved him, myself, Jennifer, all the other cast members loved him. I couldn’t imagine making the movie without him so that’s what I have to say about that.”
CraveOnline has Detention interviews with Kahn and Shanley Caswell coming later this week.