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10/01/2012 05:14 pm ET

'Mockingjay': Danny Strong Hired To Write 'Hunger Games' Finale

In this film image released by Lionsgate, Woody Harrelson portrays Haymitch Abernathy , left, and Jennifer Lawrence portrays
In this film image released by Lionsgate, Woody Harrelson portrays Haymitch Abernathy , left, and Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." A staple of the stylish grade-school set, braids have moved from the playground to the red carpet and now, local salons. Salons from Los Angeles to New York and cities in between are weaving "braid bars" into their services, offering special menus of different braid styles for a fixed price. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)

Who better to write "Mockingjay," the two-part "Hunger Games" finale, than the man behind "Game Change"? No one, apparently, as Variety reports that Lionsgate has hired Danny Strong to pen "Mockingjay," the closing installment of Suzanne Collins' best-selling "Hunger Games" trilogy. (As with "Twilight" and "Harry Potter," the final "Hunger Games" book is being split into two films to maximize profits.)

Strong wrote both "Game Change" and "Recount" for HBO, winning an Emmy Award for the former. Before becoming a screenwriter, Strong was best known for his appearances on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Mad Men." He makes his feature film screenwriting debut in 2013 with "The Butler," Lee Daniels' historical epic about Eugene Allen, a service worker at the White House who worked under eight presidents.

"Mockingjay" is already on the fast track for Lionsgate. The studio will release part one in November of 2014 and part two in November of 2015. "Catching Fire," the second film in the "Hunger Games" franchise, is set for release on Nov. 22, 2013. That film is in production right now.

For more on Strong, head over to Variety.

[via Variety]

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