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.
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.
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