- THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY
Though production just now got underway on the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate is already putting the wheels in motion for their two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy closer Mockingjay.
The Gary Ross-helmed first film The Hunger Games was penned by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray, while the first draft of Catching Fire was written by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy with a later rewrite by Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt. Now Variety reports that Lionsgate is switching things up yet again by hiring Hunger Games newcomer Danny Strong to write the two-part Mockingjay script.
Strong is a solid writer, and with Mockingjay arguably being weakest book in Collins’ trilogy, hopefully Strong will be given the creative freedom to flesh out a satisfying conclusion to the film series.
Still no word yet on who will be directing Mockingjay, however we think we will get a update pretty soon.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is scheduled for release on November 21st, 2014, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will bring the franchise to a close on November 20th, 2015.