Back in October, Lionsgate tapped the relative newcomer Danny Strong (The Butler) to pen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, with the stipulation that Strong would move on to adapt the final film if the studio was happy with the treatment for the penultimate Part 1. Apparently, all is good in Panem as Strong has reportedly been granted the go-ahead for Part 2. The final book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy is arguably the weakest of the three, yet Lionsgate intends to split it into two films. It’s unclear exactly where this split will occur, but apparently Strong has chosen wisely. Hit the jump for more.
Heat Vision reports that Lionsgate has exercised their option on Strong, who will now begin adapting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Director Francis Lawrence is currently filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opens later this year on November 22nd, and is expected to return to direct the final installments. 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.
Here’s the book description from Mockingjay, which I would avoid if you dislike spoilers (via Amazon):
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Gamestrilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.