Danny Strong to Script 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay'
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By Corwin Neuse Oct 1, 2012 7:27PM
It's not every day that these here interwebs blow up with breathless reports about this or that screenwriter having been commissioned to write this or that script. Because, frankly—let's face it—who really cares? There aren't that many famous screenwriters, Charlie Kaufman and Aaron Sorkin being two notable exceptions, and there are even fewer "normal" people out there who really care passionately about what they do. When the screenwriter in question is also a semi-famous actor, on the other hand? Or even a relatively obscure TV actor, like Danny Strong, bit player on shows like "Gilmore Girls," "Mad Men," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer?"
All of which is just an elaborate preamble to the news that, yes, relatively obscure TV actor Danny Strong has been hired to write "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Of course, Mr. Strong has also written "Game Change" and "Recount" for HBO, and won an couple of Emmy's, so he's not a total neophyte or completely unqualified for the job, either. No word as to whether Strong will be responsible for "Mockingjay, Part 1," and "Part 2" or whether this news means that Lionsgate has abandoned the creatively questionable idea of splitting up the last film in the presumed trilogy. (Probably not, though.)
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