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I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows,  the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.

Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)

danny strong

The first Hunger Games flick was a resounding success and the folks in Hollywood are eager to get the rest of the trilogy up on the big screen.  Catching Fire is ready to go and the third book, Mockingjay, is going to be split into two films to get both maximum story coverage and maximum monies earned.  Now, the official word has come through that the Mockingjay Part II script is under construction.

Danny Strong was previously brought in to write a script that encompassed both Part I and Part II, but in some strange industry decision, the powers-that-be decided they wanted to see what he had for the first half before they’d allow him to continue.  But now everything is okay.  Strong is working on Part II officially and audiences will not have to endure the utter and complete horror that is a two-part movie being split between two separate writers.

The next three installments of Hunger Games will be coming out over the course of the next three years.  Catching Fire will be opening on November 22nd of this year, with Mockingjay Part 1 expected to release November 21st of 2014 and Part 2 November 20th, 2015.


Thanks to ScreenRant for the heads-up.

With the second film installment in the wildly popular Hunger Games series underway, the studio is looking to move quickly toward getting the third flick, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ready to go.  The goal is to release the movies one every year so they’ve got to stay on top of things.  The last book will be made into two films and it looks like Danny Strong has been hired on to write the screen adaptation.

Most may not know Strong’s name (I had to Google the guy myself) and the obscurity is even more pronounced when it comes to his resume of scriptwriting.  His credits are mostly acting, but the move to writing recently gained him two Emmys, so he can’t be all bad, right?   Fans will just have to wait and see what he does with it and cross their fingers that he remains true to the story.

If everything goes according to plan, the first part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will release on November 21, 2014 with the second installment coming November 20, 2015.


Thanks to /film for helping us spread the news.