Although The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t due in theaters until November, screenwriter Danny Strong is ahead of the curve. He recently finished writing the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third film in The Hunger Games series, and has already moved on to the second part of the film series’ finale.
As highlighted by THR, Strong received a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series” for his work on HBO’s Game Change. He also received the same award for HBO’s Recount mini-series in 2008. Longtime genre fans will also remember Strong from his role as Jonathan Levinson on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was chosen to write the screenplays for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 because of the source materials are fraught with political intrigue. Let’s hope this movie will not be The Phantom Menace of The Hunger Games series.
SPOILERS FOR CATCHING FIRE AND MOCKINGJAY AHEAD:
After being taken out of the tournament in Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) agrees to be the new face of the budding revolution against the Capitol of Panem. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) rises to a leadership role, while Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) continues to be a victim of President Snow’s (Donald Sutherland) brainwashing. Although it’s unclear where the narrative will be split for Part 1 and Part 2, the popular point among Hunger Games fans would be before the revolutionaries invade the Capitol.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is currently in post-production, with Mockingjay – Part 1 scheduled to begin this year for its 2014 release date. Francis Lawrence will direct both parts of Mockingjay.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters on November 22nd. Mockingjay – Part 1 will open on November 21, 2014, and Part 2 on November 20, 2015. All three films will be presented in IMAX.