Josh Hutcherson can't imagine making a 'Hunger Games' sequel without Gary Ross.

The director has ruled himself out of the running for 'Catching Fire', the follow up to the hugely successful first movie in the trilogy which tells the story of a futuristic world where teenagers are forced to fight to the death live on TV for entertainment but Josh admitted Gary is ''100 per cent'' his choice to direct.

He said: ''Gary [Ross] is my guy, 100 per cent, through and through. He killed the first one. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Everyone who worked with him loved him. Myself and Jennifer [Lawrence] and all of the other cast members loved him. I couldn't imagine making the movie without him. That's what I have to say about that.''

Josh also revealed he is thrilled with the worldwide success of the movie.

He added to Collider: ''I'm very happy. I'm very excited. I didn't expect it, that's for sure. It's super-exciting. I just love making movies. The fact that people actually watch them, is just a bonus, I feel like. It allows me to keep on making movies. It's pretty exciting.''