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Game Change scribe Danny Strong set to write The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

10.01.2012

When Danny Strong accepted the award for writing HBO's GAME CHANGE, the first thing I said was, "Holy crap! That's Jonathan!" I was completely unaware that Strong was the same Strong who once was in the cast of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Not only did he script and co-produce GAME CHANGE, but he recently wrote the screenplay for Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER. Who knew that Jonathan had it in him? He may not be able to kick Buffy's ass, but he could score way higher than her on the writing portion of the SATs.

Strong has been hired to write for another major project, the third in THE HUNGER GAMES series, MOCKINGJAY. As for a synopsis for this thing, it may not be such a good idea since it would spoil it for those who haven't read the books. Sorry. All I can say is expect more of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) taking on The Capitol.

The sequel to the original film, CATCHING FIRE is being directed by Francis Lawrence with a script from Simon Beaufoy (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). That one will be out November 22, 2013.

MOCKINGJAY, as you may have expected, will be split in two parts with the first due out Nov. 21, 2014 and the second on Nov. 20, 2015.

Source: Variety

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3:53AM on 10/02/2012
Great episode of Buffy where Jonathan casts a spell becomes the cool leader of the gang.Even the opening credits were altered to feature him.
When the spell ends and the gang get their real memories back, one of them says (Riley if memory serves), of Jonathan, 'You mean he wasn't in The Matrix?'
Great episode of Buffy where Jonathan casts a spell becomes the cool leader of the gang.Even the opening credits were altered to feature him.
When the spell ends and the gang get their real memories back, one of them says (Riley if memory serves), of Jonathan, 'You mean he wasn't in The Matrix?'
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2:50AM on 10/02/2012
I think considering how political Mockingjay gets & the fact he wrote Game Change is probably the reason he was hired to write the screenplay. It will be interesting to see how this will translate to the screen. I honestly could not finish reading the book since it strays so far away from the original material, which sucks since the first 2 were great.
I think considering how political Mockingjay gets & the fact he wrote Game Change is probably the reason he was hired to write the screenplay. It will be interesting to see how this will translate to the screen. I honestly could not finish reading the book since it strays so far away from the original material, which sucks since the first 2 were great.
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8:23PM on 10/01/2012

GAME CHANGE was a train wreck. He's perfect

If the studios insist on pumping out crap nobody will remember in 6 months then why not hire some libtard actor with a gifted Emmy he was rewarded with for his service to the agenda?

I would LOVE it if Joblo took a stance and said 'nope we're not going to cover propaganda any more or anything or anyone related to it'.
If the studios insist on pumping out crap nobody will remember in 6 months then why not hire some libtard actor with a gifted Emmy he was rewarded with for his service to the agenda?

I would LOVE it if Joblo took a stance and said 'nope we're not going to cover propaganda any more or anything or anyone related to it'.
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7:16AM on 10/02/2012
Dude, this is a movie news website. Like it or not, a writer being hired to pen the final installment in a majorly successful movie franchise is news that SHOULD be reported on a movie news website.

What you're suggesting is selective journalism, which is never a good thing.
Dude, this is a movie news website. Like it or not, a writer being hired to pen the final installment in a majorly successful movie franchise is news that SHOULD be reported on a movie news website.

What you're suggesting is selective journalism, which is never a good thing.
8:10PM on 10/01/2012
I saw him on stage at the Emmy's and knew I recognized him from somewhere, and now I know it's Buffy. First the Dean from Community wins an Oscar, now this. Anyway, good for him. I haven't read the hunger games books, but seems like it should be easy to write based on the source material (or as easy as writing can be).
I saw him on stage at the Emmy's and knew I recognized him from somewhere, and now I know it's Buffy. First the Dean from Community wins an Oscar, now this. Anyway, good for him. I haven't read the hunger games books, but seems like it should be easy to write based on the source material (or as easy as writing can be).
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