'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Gets Writer?
US reports claim Emmy winner Danny Strong will pen the final two-parter...
Despite the fact that filming has only just begun on the second chapter in The Hunger Games franchise, it's never too early to plan ahead for the 2014 and 2015 releases of the third and fourth instalments, which will be based on Mockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog, Lionsgate has reached out to recent Emmy winner Danny Strong to pen the two-part version of Mockingjay.
THR claims that Strong is "in talks" for the job, having beat out other top screenwriting talent, including Drew Goddard, who wrote Cabin in the Woods and Cloverfield, Vanessa Taylor, writer/co-exec producer on Game of Thrones and Argo writer Chris Terrio.
Lionsgate announced that Mockingjay would be split into two parts earlier this year and that the first film will be released on 21st November 2014, and the second one a year later, on 20th November 2015.
Strong has been racking up an impressive list of screenwriting credits since he wrote HBO movie Recount, based on the 2000 election. He won an Emmy for another HBO political movie, Game Change, last month.
The actor-turned-writer started out his career in front of the camera with appearances on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men and Gilmore Girls.
Strong has since contributed to scripts for Lee Daniel's star-studded upcoming White House drama The Butler and the big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbol.