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Not too long ago it was announced that Lionsgate would be splitting 'Mockingjay,' the last book in 'The Hunger Games' franchise, into two films. Their first adaptive outing of the book series netted a more-than-substantial box office gross and has evidently encouraged the studio to milk every ounce of financial potential out of the literary trilogy. With the second installment, 'Catching Fire,' set to hit theaters next year under the direction of Francis Lawrence ('I Am Legend'), the pieces for the two-part final chapter are already coming together. The studio has just hired Emmy-winning writer Danny Strong to pen 'Mockingjay.' Strong won acclaim for his work on the HBO TV movie 'Game Change,' which centered on the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign. Prior to that, Strong was an actor with roles on shows like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Mad Men.'
At first, this story meant very little to me, as I did not recognize Strong from his acting or writing credits. I vaguely remember hearing about 'Game Change' when it was airing on TV, but mostly because of Julianne Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin. But then I saw he also wrote the TV movie 'Recount' about the Florida balloting fiasco surrounding the 2000 election. It suddenly dawned on me that he is probably the best possible candidate, forgive the pun, for the job. His forte is the very worst of real-world politics, and at its heart, 'The Hunger Games' is a dystopian sci-fi drama that is merely an exaggeration of the very worst of real-world politics. I can't wait to see what he does when allowed to work within a more fictional realm, while at the same time maintaining that note of political pessimism. Sure, the fact that he's adapting someone else's work means he won't have total freedom, but I do believe his political proclivities make him the ideal choice.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for 'Mockingjay?' Do you agree that Strong is a formidable choice?