Usually when a movie make a bazillion dollars and becomes an international pop culture phenomenon, the studio tries their darndest to duplicate that success as faithfully as possible. You know, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But Lionsgate has decided to go the opposite direction with "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" — and now Liam Hemsworth is finally speaking out about those changes.
And let's just say he has mixed emotions.
"The last I heard the new director had just come on, so that's really cool," Hemsworth told E! Online about the shocking news that "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross had been replaced by "Water for Elephants" director Francis Lawrence. "I'm excited about that. I think we shoot the last few months of this year."
"I'm really sad to see that Gary's not going to be part of the second one," Hemsworth continued. "He did such an amazing job on the first."
Ross isn't the only major part of the "Hunger Games" world being replaced, though. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt is in talks to re-write the "Catching Fire" script, which was originally penned by "Slumdog Millionaire" screenwriter Simon Beaufoy.
That change isn't likely to phase Hemsworth either, though.
"I think that there's still so many people a part of it that want the film to be great and care about it so much that they're not going to bring the wrong person on," Hemsworth said.
Here's hoping he's right.