Danny Strong to write both parts of 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' movie

By Matthew Dougherty,

Danny Strong, a former actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men, will be penning the script for both parts of The Hunger Games: Mokingjay, the third book in the trilogy.

Variety reported that Lionsgate hired Strong after he won two Emmys, one for writing and one for co-executive producing HBO’s Sarah Palin TV movie Game Change.

Strong also wrote the Emmy and Golden Globe winning TV movie Recount for HBO back in 2008.

ScreenRant stated that Mockingjay has the potential to be the most action packed entries to the series yet.

Earlier this year, The Hunger Games became a smash hit scoring $685 million at the worldwide box office.

A sequel, Catching Fire, was immediately put into pre-production but ran into some trouble when Gary Ross, director of the first film, dropped out due to a shortage of time to make the film.

I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence stepped in to take his place. That film will be released Nov. 22, 2013.

Right now neither part of Mockingjay has a director, but the first part will be released Nov. 21, 2014, and the final film will be released Nov. 20, 2015.

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