A cult fave and a mainstream hit are about to get married behind the scenes—Hunger Games, say hello to some Buffy the Vampire Slayer mojo.
Actor-turned-writer Danny Strong, best known as lovable nerd (and occasional baddie) Jonathan Levinson on Buffy, has signed on to write the screenplays for the final two Hunger Games films, which will be adapted from the last book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy.
Strong has become one of the hottest writers in Hollywood as of late and should do a good job with all the political themes at play in Mockingjay.
He cut his teeth writing recent political dramas Recount and HBO's Game Change, and actually won two Emmys for his work on Game Change. In addition to Mockingjay, Strong is also taking a crack at the script for the upcoming Dan Brown-based flick The Lost Symbol.
If you haven't been keeping up with the Hunger Games books, here's the synopsis for the final installment, which sets up some of the political intrigue. (Though mostly spoiler-free, it does reveal some broad strokes from the first two books. Be Warned!):
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 Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.It's awesome to see Strong go from small-screen geek to blockbuster writer, but for us, he'll always be good ol' Jonathan.
What do you think of the choice to have Strong tackle the epic finale? Is his political writing background the right fit, or were you hoping for someone with more big-budget action experience?