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It looks like TV actor-turned-Emmy-winning screenwriter Danny Strong will be flexing his scripting muscles for the final two pictures in "The Hunger Games" franchise.
Danny Strong, who starred in various television shows over the last two decades including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls," recently nabbed two Primetime Emmy Awards for his book-to-screen adaptation of "Game Change" for HBO. Strong also co-wrote the screenplay for Lee Daniels' "The Butler," which is currently in production and was hired by Sony Pictures to develop the script for the last "The Da Vinci Code" chapter, "The Lost Symbol."
While Lionsgate reportedly would not comment on the news, if true, Strong would be the latest in a string of credited adapters of the "Hunger Games" quartet of films. For the first installment, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray and Gary Ross all crafted the working script, while Simon Beaufoy tackled the adaptation for the first sequel, "Catching Fire."
"Mockingjay" will be released in two parts, with Part 1 debuting on Nov. 21, 2014, and Part 2 following along on Nov. 20, 2015. Rumor has it the studio is currently sniffing around for potential directors on the projects, with neither Gary Ross or Francis Lawrence expected to return.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is currently being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and will hit theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.