danny strong mockingjay writer hunger games Emmy winner Danny Strong to write both 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' films

Danny Strong is moving from a “Game Change” to “The Hunger Games.” The screenwriter has been tapped to write both upcoming “Mockingjay” films for Lionsgate.

Variety has learned that Strong will be the third scribe to be brought in to the “Hunger Games” franchise family. For “The Hunger Games,” Gary Ross worked hand-in-hand with “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins and screenwriter Billy Ray to make sure the film was an honest adaptation of the book. Simon Beaufoy, best known for his work alongside Danny Boyle in “Slumdog Millionaire,” wrote “Catching Fire.”

Strong just won two Emmys for his work on HBO’s “Game Change.” His first screenwriting credit was for the network’s 2008 film “Recount.” Strong also wrote the script for Lee Daniels“The Butler” and has recently been tapped by Sony to rewrite the screenplay for “The Lost Symbol,” the sequel to Dan Brown‘s “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” He is also writing a legal drama series for CBS. 

Strong is best known as an actor, and is recognizable from his onscreen roles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls” and, most recently, “Mad Men.”

Clearly Strong can write to the political angle of “Mockingjay,” but it will be interesting to see how he handles the action scenes in both movies. Now that he’s been hired to pen the script, it also likely won’t be long until we find out where the two films are split. The first “Mockingjay” movie is due out on Nov. 21, 2014, while the second will hit theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. Lionsgate has not announced who will direct the two films yet.

What do you think of Strong as a screenwriter for “Mockingjay”? Do you think he’s a good fit for the series?

Posted by:Terri Schwartz