Two-Part Adaptation Of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Gets A Writer

Updated: Lionsgate may be filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire right now, but the studio are moving forward with a two-part adaptation of the final novel, Mockingjay. Danny Strong (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Game Change) is set to write both parts of The Hunger Games finale.

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By Paul Romano - 10/1/2012


After The Hunger Games' huge success at the box office earlier this year, Lionsgate have wasted no time working on adapting the rest of the futuristic young adult novel series written by Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire is currently undergoing production for a release date of November 22nd, 2013, with director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) behind the camera. Previously, Lionsgate confirmed that they will adapt the final novel, Mockingjay, in two films (a la Harry Potter and Twilight). Now, Variety reports that actor-turned-writer Danny Strong - who previously played Jonathan Levinson in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and recently won two Emmys for writing and co-executive producing HBO's Game Change - has signed on to write the two-part film adaptation of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Strong also recently wrote Lee Daniels' historical drama The Butler.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is set to hit theaters November 21st, 2014; Part 2 is scheduled for a November 20th, 2015 release. Due to the films being released so soon after Catching Fire, it's likely that Francis Lawrence will be unable to return to direct either film.

Update: In their article reporting the news, The Hollywood Reporter says that Strong beat out a few other writers for the coveted gig. Chris Terrio (Argo), Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods) and Vanessa Taylor (Game Of Thrones) were all up for the job before Strong was hired.










Source: Variety
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NerdyGeek - 10/1/2012, 1:20 PM
The only thing I care about in The Hunger Games is the delicious Jenny Lawrence! :)
Jimdlux - 10/1/2012, 1:38 PM
This was a comic book?!?!
mootman - 10/1/2012, 1:46 PM
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PsyGuy - 10/1/2012, 1:50 PM
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ManofSteel22 - 10/1/2012, 1:51 PM
the first film was waaaaaaaaaay over rated
marvel72 - 10/1/2012, 2:00 PM
didn't think much of the first film so i probably won't even bother with the sequels.
DrDoom - 10/1/2012, 2:01 PM
Overrated series, and another franchise that is deciding to make you pay twice to see the last movie.
Originator2000 - 10/1/2012, 2:26 PM
[frick] Hunger Games.
GizmoEl - 10/1/2012, 2:30 PM
Good luck to whoever is writing the movie. The book was terrible, ruined the entire series for me. Yes, it was that bad.

It was lazy and had twists just for the sake of shockfactor. The choices made by characters made absolutely no sense.. the choices made by the writer made absolutely no sense, the entire book was just shit.
Ha1frican - 10/1/2012, 2:38 PM
Why are so many book adaptations going the 2 part route? Seems like some are doing it just to do it and keep the franchise in films longer
Rothwilder - 10/1/2012, 3:01 PM
The last book was the worst in the series.
Wingding - 10/1/2012, 3:38 PM
I agree with everyone. I hated Mockingjay. Made no sense with how the characters had been acting before. It's like they changed personalities. But I hope, I really hope that the writer can make this much better.

I am pretty surprised he beat out those other writers, who are very talented and have a lot to show for it. This guy has written like two things, two things I haven't even heard of.
pro346 - 10/1/2012, 4:03 PM
Considering how over hyped the first movie was.....I can't see this being any good.
dekexz19 - 10/1/2012, 4:46 PM
I do beleive the first movie was a little overhyped but if you read all 3 books you'll know that those weren't.But honestly,mockingjay was the worst book because it was very repetitivve and anticlimatic so I don't think it should get two parts.Catching Fire was the best and the longest but they don't usually put the second book into two parts.
NightShade - 10/1/2012, 5:26 PM
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Pooh - 10/1/2012, 7:15 PM
I'll see Catching Fire, but I have no desire to explore the perverse inhumanity of Mockingjay.
Guerillas - 10/1/2012, 10:19 PM
Really getting tired of book-adaptations that must split one book into two and stuff. Hunger games sucked though
lokibane2012 - 10/2/2012, 1:20 PM
My friends forced me so I read the first whole book. It was so [frick]ing god damn boring. The characters were one-dimensional, the story's nothing fresh, the "shocking" moments mostly left me bored. No entertainment value.

But in the beginning, I thought hey, so what if the characters are nearly as dull as Kristen Stewart's Bella. Maybe it would go down some pretty intelligent avenues. But nope, it didn't. It referred to certain issues, but never really fully explored them.

Lame book. Lame movie.

And by the looks of it, the sequel books were even worse. So just [frick] this series.
Pooh - 10/2/2012, 4:14 PM
@lokibane2012, Most of the characters in the first book were kids. In the second book/movie you're going to see more adults. There are some very intersting characters, like Johanna Mason.

Pooh - 10/2/2012, 4:15 PM
Here's some Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) backstory:

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