Filming is just underway for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second movie in the wildly successful “Hunger Games” book series by Suzanne Collins. That means it’s the perfect time to start lining things up for the adaptation of the third book, “Mockingjay.” According to Variety, Danny Strong has been chosen to write the scripts for the two movies that will be made from that book.
Strong is an actor with appearances on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Mad Men,” on his resume, but his turn to writing has been off to a good start, to say the least–he just won two Emmys for writing and producing the HBO movie “Game Change.” He also wrote the script for “The Butler,” the Lee Daniels movie about life in the White House over several decades from the viewpoint of one of the house staff members. He’s producing that as well.
No director (or directors) have been announced for “Mockingjay” parts one and two. Francis Lawrence is directing “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” from a script written by Simon Beaufoy. Gary Ross wrote the screenplay for the first movie, “The Hunger Games,” which he also directed.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22, 2013. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ will be released on November 21, 2014, with part 2 following on November 20, 2015.