With the Emmys delivering some top talent for many television series, the mini-series or movie category was basically swept by the HBO Film Game Change. Telling the story of Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) and the 2008 election, the film picked up nearly every major award the honors had to offer. Now, it seems Liongate was incredibly impressed by the feature as well and with Woody Harrelson having a part in both projects it seems a reunion is in order as today the studio has reportedly hired their scribe for the final two films of The Hunger Games.
Variety reports that Danny Strong, who penned Game Change, has been hired to write both parts of the final two installmentsThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Strong is best known for his role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer sorcerer Jonathan for five seasons, while also starring in Mad Men, Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and more.
This will be a departure for Strong as this will be his first big-screen film and first script outside of politics. He previously wrote the acclaimed HBO film Recount as well, in which he was also nominated for his efforts during the 2008 Emmys. Strong follows scribe Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), who penned the script for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that is currently shooting in Atlanta right now for a release next November.
Lionsgate had no comment on the report and has yet to officially announce Strong’s hiring.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2 will star Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and more with set release dates for November 21st, 2014 and November 20th, 2015, respectively.