By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 1, 2012 at 5:03PM
Until now, Danny Strong's writing resume has been heavy on true life sagas. He's collaborated twice with Jay Roach, penning the director's political drama "Recount" and this year's "Game Change." He's also the scribe behind Lee Daniels' currently filming historical White House ensemble piece "The Butler." But lately, Strong has been showing a taste for bigger canvases. In the spring he was tapped to adapt "The Lost Symbol" for Mark Romanek, and now he's entering his first bonafide franchise.
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]