Elizabeth Banks,who plays Effie, in the Hunger Games trilogy, has confirmed on her blog about Danny Strong penning the screenplays for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2, which will be out in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In her post she says:
“Right now I’m filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but the powers that be are hard at work adapting book #3, Mockingjay.”
“Going Twilight-style, the third book will be split up into two movies, both written by Buffy alum Danny Strong.”
“He acts and writes! He wrote the HBO flicks Game Change and Recount, so tight, I can’t wait to see what he does with Mockingjay!”
If you haven’t heard it yet, Danny Strong was indeed rumored to pen the scripts for the last two films of the franchise. We don’t know if Lionsgate will be happy to hear about Elizabeth Banks spilling the beans without official confirmation from them first. Anyway, welcome to the Hunger Games fandom Sir Danny Strong.
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Variety has reported that Emmy Awarrd winning scribe Danny Strong (Game Change) will write the screenplay of Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. The first part is already expected on November 21, 2014 while the second part will be on November 20, 2015. There’s been no news yet about who will direct the last two movies but news has it that Lionsgate has already started their quest to find the director(s).
Here’s a little about Danny Strong according to Variety:
Strong was one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2007 who won a WGA Award for writing HBO’s 2009 telepic “Recount.” –>
“Mockingjay” isn’t the first time Strong has been tapped to adapt a bestselling book finale, as he was also hired to rewrite “The Lost Symbol” for Sony, Imagine Entertainment and director Mark Romanek. Book is a sequel to Dan Brown’s hit thrillers “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” Scribe recently wrote “The Butler” for Lee Daniels, and he’s also co-producing that historical drama. Additionally, Strong is writing a legal drama series inspired by a famous father-daughter lawyer duo for CBS, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Prods. and director David O. Russell. He started his career in front of the camera, with recurring roles on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls” and most recently, AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Strong is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Jackoway Tyerman.
|Danny Strong to write screenplay of two Mockingjay films