Strong will write the two-part "Hunger Games" finale "Mockingjay" for Lionsgate. The movies still needs a director, but putting the recent Emmy Winner on the script will certainly help lure in some potential big names. Of course, the big task at hand here will be how to turn the Suzanne Collins book -- which is pretty much the same length as the standalone books "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire" -- into two full movies.
The hire keeps in line with bigger talent being drawn to the series with "Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy tackling "Catching Fire" for director Francis Lawrence, while Gary Ross wrote and directed the first entry in the series. Anyway, Strong has got plenty of time to get this right and please fans whose expectations have been set by "The Hunger Games."
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2" will be released one year apart, on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015. [Variety]