Recently it was revealed that Steven Soderbergh was brought in to do some second unit directing on The Hunger Games. Ever since that news hit folks began speculating as to what the director might really be doing on set. Word was that he was simply helping out his friend, Hunger Games director Gary Ross, but others -- including Hunger Games fan film director John Lyde -- speculated that perhaps either folks weren't happy with Gary Ross or Soderbergh was really on set filming scenes for the next Hunger Games movie, possibly as its as-yet-announced director.
Doing press for Contagion this week, Soderbergh cleared up all the rumors surrounding his presence on The Hunger Games set.
"Back in April, [The Hunger Games director] Gary [Ross] -- who is a close friend of mine [and] I've exchanged creative favors with non-stop over the last 15 years -- when he got the boards for the shoot ... called me and said, 'Hey, first week of August, I got these two days of second unit, Is there any way you can come down and help me out? Because I'd rather have you do it than hire somebody who I don't know,' " Soderbergh recalled. "I said, 'Actually, that works out.' We'll just be finishing Contagion and prepping Magic Mike, and yeah, it could be fun. ... And that's what I attempted to do. But if I've done my job properly ... by design, you won't be able to tell what I did because it's supposed to cut seamlessly into what they're doing."
So there you have it. No secret duties for Soderbergh -- as originally reported, he was simply helping out his buddy Ross by filling in as his second unit director for two days. The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012.