‘Hunger Game: Mockingjay, Part 2′ Being Scripted By ‘Game Change’ Writer

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danny strong Hunger Game: Mockingjay, Part 2 Being Scripted By Game Change Writer

As Harry Potter and Twilight proved, the decision to split a highly-anticipated book adaptation into two films is always a controversial one. Such was the case when Lionsgate announced that Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games trilogy, would receive a similar treatment. Some fans worry that telling the story in two films will disrupt the flow of the narrative, while others believe it will simply give the plot more time to develop as it does on the page.

In the case of Hunger Games, fans certainly earned a bit more confidence when Mockingjay screenwriter Danny Strong – previously best known for his onscreen recurring roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls – received an Emmy Award for his work on the HBO film Game Change. Now fans have another reason to think that splitting up the Hunger Games finale just might work.

According to THR, Strong has already begun work on the second half of the Mockingjay two-parter. The writer’s initial deal was to write both parts, but the studio first had to approve his work on Part 1 before he moved on to the climactic conclusion of Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey.

 Hunger Game: Mockingjay, Part 2 Being Scripted By Game Change Writer

We still have no details regarding which point of the story will serve as the breaking point between the two films, but the studio’s response to the script can only be seen as a good sign to fans. Bringing Strong aboard also may have been a sharp move for Lionsgate, considering the political nature of the Mockingjay plot.

Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is also expected back for the final two entries in the (now four-part) series. It appears then that the powers-that-be are pleased with the team they have gradually put together for the blockbuster franchise, but moviegoers won’t get their first look at Lawrence’s take on the fictional world of Panem until late this year.

Do you think Mockingjay will work as a two-film tale? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in regular and IMAX theaters on November 22nd, 2013. Mockingjay – Part 1 releases on November 21st, 2014, while Part 2 opens November 20th, 2015.

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  1. ‘Game Change’? The word “polarizing” comes to mind here…

  2. Holly Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

  3. So there gonna be two more Hunger Games films or 3 in the franchise? Thought there would be this upcoming one plus two more as a two parter making it 4 films total.

    • @Wally

      Three more films.

  4. As the self-proclaimed biggest HG fan ever, I think splitting it is a good idea. It all depends on where they split it though, and I’m afraid Mockingjay part 1 will be incredibly boring, and part 2 will just be an utter gore-fest. But if they tried to force it all in one movie it would not be a good film. I have faith they’ll do a good job though.

  5. I still haven’t seen any Hunger Games related stuff purely because the trailers and TV spots for the movie looked terrible and it’s just basically a Battle Royale ripoff by the sound of it.

    • I recommend reading the trilogy of books for the best experience. However, so far the first movie was still awesome. It definitely has its similarities to Battle Royale (although I’ll admit, I’ve only seen the BR movie, never read the book/manga), but there are a lot of differences too. While Battle Royale seems to focus a lot more on the theme of how hard it is to have to murder your best friends, Hunger Games focuses more on government rebellion. I say don’t knock THG series until you give it a shot. In an industry where there’s a ton of movies that are very much alike, there’s more than enough differences between BR and THG for them to co-exist, rather than just picking one or the other. Personally I liked The Hunger Games a little more, but that’s just preference. Both are amazing though, give it a shot.

      • @ Jon T

        Problem with me is if i read the books before seeing the films they’re based off, i end up worrying be dissappointed with film not meeting my expectations. Kinda like Stephen King’s novels like Pet Semetary, the film was great but the novel is better.

  6. Actually, THG was one of the few book/movie where each stood on its own terms. The book is told completely from Katniss’s POV and as such, her fear is an ever present thing. The backstory of each character as they interact with her is only understood from that POV. And lets be honest, there is a lot of things a 16-year-old girl from the back country – as far from the capital as possible – truly understands about what is going on. But in the movie, you see the other characters and the world Katniss truly doesn’t really comprehend. We, the viewer, get the politics and history of the world while losing some of the Katniss driven intensity from the novel. Each different medium really complements each other.

    And BR is very similar when comparing the manga vs the movie. But here’s something strange, I didn’t like the movie after reading the manga. It was too gory without really giving me time to appreciate the characters. But hey, I’m a girl and I like characters more than blood so you may see it differently.

    But give THG a try. Its worth a couple hours of your time if nothing else than the main characters look good and they’re gonna spend most of the next movie in skin tight body suits. Yumm!

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