Former Buffy Actor to Write Mockingjay Films

Former Buffy Actor to Write Mockingjay Films

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Yes, "films." There's going to be two of them.

As is now traditional for big-budget book adaptations, Lionsgate is splitting the movie based on the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy into two parts. Both parts of Mockingjay, which explore grouchy protagonist, Katniss Everdeen's, role as a propaganda figure and revolutionary, are being written by writer and actor, Danny Strong.

Strong recently won two Emmys for writing and co-producing the HOBO TV-movie Game Change, but he started his Hollywood career as an actor. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will recognize him as the guy who played Jonathan Levinson in all of the show's seven seasons. He's also appeared in Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Mad Men

I admit, I kind of expected The Hunger Games movie to go the way of the unfortunate Northern Lights adaptation, The Golden Compass. Instead the mix of violence and teen drama did incredibly well, grossing some $685 million worldwide since its release in March. While Hunger Games managed to squeeze itself into a PG-13 rating, it'll be interesting to see how Strong handles the violence in Mockingjay. While hardly a sci-fi classic, the book does handle some pretty heavy themes for a teen thriller. While the first two installments in the series lend themselves well to the "who should she choose" shipping contests that hypnotize teenage girls into buying lunchboxes, Mockingjay is a morally gray horrors-of-war affair. Whether it's hefty enough to warrant two films is up for debate.

The second movie, Catching Fire is due for release this next November, with the two final films to follow in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Source: Variety

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Gee, they're splitting the last movie in two. Well, it made Harry Potter so much more money, so why not?

As long as they don't pad it out with crappy filler scenes like that awkward dance in the last HP film pt 1 they should be okay, maybe push it up to a higher age rating aswell.

Cutting films into more and more pieces seems to be the hobbit in Hollywood right now.

DVS BSTrD:
Cutting films into more and more pieces seems to be the hobbit in Hollywood right now.

Did you hear that they're working on the first 5 Wheel of Time movies? They'll cover the first book. Ba dum tish.

DVS BSTrD:
Cutting films into more and more pieces seems to be the hobbit in Hollywood right now.

There are worse puns that ca... okay, no, this is the absolute worst pun that can be made. Kudos!

re: OT

Interesting to see him writing them. That is going to be one hell of a job, writing those into something that can be filmed - as the books are written entirely in the first person, they can be a hell of a challenge to figure out how to make them work. (and when I say entirely in the first person, I mean that literally - if Katniss doesn't see it or think it, it's not in the book. If she isn't paying attention to something, like the history propaganda in the first book, then it's not in the book. If she doesn't describe something, it's not described.)

As for whether Mockingjay warrants two movies or not, I think it does. I think there is more than enough in the book to allow for two full movies, and if Strong is a competent writer or has a competent team to help, it could be a very enjoyable pair of movies as there is quite a bit to work with in Mockingjay.

Let's hope they have the sense to portray the book acurately and not pursue a PG 13 rating, because the first movie was utter shit as a result. It tried to convey a brutal gladiator deathmatch. How do you convey something like that while pursueing a PG 13 rating? You don't.

If it can cover Mockingjay without making the heroine a self-centered twit in a constant state of flat-affect-inducing gloom, that will be a significant achievement. An achievement not surmounted by the book, in my opinion.

Well it's official; Hunger Games is the new Twilight. A horrible book kept afloat only by hordes of teenage girls is turned into a laughably terrible movie that makes a shit-ton of money because of aforementioned teenage girls which then gets multiple sequels to wring as much money as possible out of teenage girls.

*sigh* Sometimes, I just wanna burn it all down.

Ahh, Jonathan - Secret Agent Extraordinaire - you and your narcissistic pocket universe shall be fondly remembered.

Seems worryingly quick to greenlight that sort of thing before the next one's even out yet. Oh well I guess since they've gone for the second they're kind of committed to the third as well. Still plenty of time to cut it to ribbons in the editing room if the bottom falls out of this boat.

I'm looking foward to it personally. It wasn't a masterpiece or anything but I didn't have any major gripes with the first film, found it very entertaining. Never read the books before though so ehmm...

Grey Carter:
Former Buffy Actor to Write Mockingjay Films

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Yes, "films." There's going to be two of them.

As is now traditional for big-budget book adaptations, Lionsgate is splitting the movie based on the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy into two parts. Both parts of Mockingjay, which explore grouchy protagonist, Katniss Everdeen's, role as a propaganda figure and revolutionary, are being written by writer and actor, Danny Strong.

Strong recently won two Emmys for writing and co-producing the HOBO TV-movie Game Change, but he started his Hollywood career as an actor. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will recognize him as the guy who played Jonathan Levinson in all of the show's seven seasons. He's also appeared in Seinfeld, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Mad Men

I admit, I kind of expected The Hunger Games movie to go the way of the unfortunate Northern Lights adaptation, The Golden Compass. Instead the mix of violence and teen drama did incredibly well, grossing some $685 million worldwide since its release in March. While Hunger Games managed to squeeze itself into a PG-13 rating, it'll be interesting to see how Strong handles the violence in Mockingjay. While hardly a sci-fi classic, the book does handle some pretty heavy themes for a teen thriller. While the first two installments in the series lend themselves well to the "who should she choose" shipping contests that hypnotize teenage girls into buying lunchboxes, Mockingjay is a morally gray horrors-of-war affair. Whether it's hefty enough to warrant two films is up for debate.

The second movie, Catching Fire is due for release this November, with the two final films to follow in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Source: Variety

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But those books (and movie) suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked. Damn, why are they making shitty movies based off of shitty books? Bah!

Ugh, dammit. I'm already sick of people obsessing about the painfully average first one. I have to sit through another three years of pop culture focusing on chaste teenagers glaring at the camera before doing some stupid, family friendly act of violence.

Dammit.

Based on the photo I thoroughly trust this person to create an amazing movie. Either it will be strange and amazing or it will be amazingly horrible.

You do realize that the Hunger Games books have, like, zero romance? The majority is actually faked by the Capitol, and Gale disappeared until Mockingjay.

I had never heard of these books until a film crew showed up wanting to shoot in my backyard. A couple of my friends were capital citizens in the first movie. I hoping to join them as an extra in the second movie.

Grey Carter:

The second movie, Catching Fire is due for release this November, with the two final films to follow in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

I found this confusing - it seemed to me that you were saying it comes out next month. I had to check IMDB. You might want to change that.

Anyway, I liked the first book and movie pretty well, and the book Catching Fire too (I still need to read Mockingjay). Kind of silly that they're following the splitting trend when it doesn't really seem necessary, but whatev, I'll still watch the movies. And yeah, I really have no idea who Danny Strong is, but he seems to like Star Wars so he can't be too bad a guy.

ThaBenMan:

Grey Carter:

The second movie, Catching Fire is due for release this November, with the two final films to follow in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

I found this confusing - it seemed to me that you were saying it comes out next month. I had to check IMDB. You might want to change that.

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That was a straight-up typo on my part. It's fixed now, thanks for pointing it out.

Cool. The first one was okay. However, it really paled in comparison to Battle Royale which I watched after it.

Hunger Games is mostly romance? What? Theres less romance in Hunger Games then, say, Star Wars, and a good chunk of the romance that is there is faked for the capitol, or tempered with Katniss considering murdering the love interest in question in rational self-interest. Oh, and the love triangle isn't solved by romance so much as it is solved by


a subdued, minimalist romantic sub-plot is one of The Hunger Games strengths.

The Hunger Games novels were a good 'tug on the heart strings' tense drama books, but not straight up good books. They were extremely entertaining and I do not regret reading them, but they did not make me stop and think and contemplate what I just read or want to find someone else who read them so I can discuss them. I had no real interest in watching the movie, I could have waited to rent it. I did actually go see it in the theater because my mom wanted to go see it and did not want to go alone. It was actually bad, for all the hype on how big it was going to be - it looked cheap, low budget. Bad sound, horrible pacing, and not nearly enough of the harsh living of the districts. The movie assumed you read the book.

I felt the books were quite a good read, right up until mockingjay's 2nd and 3rd acts.
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.316015-The-ending-of-Mockingjay-really-sucked#12842219
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I actually wrote a thread on it here years ago, before the movies when no one cared, and no one replied :)

The first film didn't really do them justice, thanks mostly to a PG-13 rating and a badly miscast Donald Sutherland, but it had highlights (like the fantastic, but criminally underused performance of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna).

The third book's final parts were a horrible, messy waste of my time. It was interesting, if unpleasant, that the author took the series into such suddenly stark, depressing, brutal territory, but it was executed horribly and the characters' actions made no sense in the context of the rest of the series.

If they re-write the whole third book for the movie I won't complain.

bored now..

last time i saw him he was being skinned alive by willow

Ok, well this is a change I can agree with. The third book was horrendously paced, and suffered massively as a result of it. With a huge rewrite and some actual character work going on amidst the plot in a double movie, this could work out all for the better.

nikki191:
bored now..

last time i saw him he was being skinned alive by willow

Ooh, get you with the mis-remembered spoilers. Actually that was another one of the nerds. Jonathan got murdered by Andrew, if we *have* to spoiler it for everyone.

Of course, this being Buffy, death was no barrier to him turning up in a few more episodes after that.

PS - Captcha asking me to 'Describe Goldman Sachs'? WTF?

Callate:
If it can cover Mockingjay without making the heroine a self-centered twit in a constant state of flat-affect-inducing gloom, that will be a significant achievement. An achievement not surmounted by the book, in my opinion.

Seconded. Mockingjay was fucking awful. "rarrr I iz angsty as fuck... that's pretty much it I guess.. characterization be damned, I must fill the role of tortured heroine so the author can SHOW US HOW BAD WAR IS GUIZ!!".

^Mockingjay from the perspective of a self aware Katniss.

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Daemonate:
I felt the books were quite a good read, right up until mockingjay's 2nd and 3rd acts.
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.316015-The-ending-of-Mockingjay-really-sucked#12842219
^ ^ ^ ^
I actually wrote a thread on it here years ago, before the movies when no one cared, and no one replied :)

The first film didn't really do them justice, thanks mostly to a PG-13 rating and a badly miscast Donald Sutherland, but it had highlights (like the fantastic, but criminally underused performance of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna).

The third book's final parts were a horrible, messy waste of my time. It was interesting, if unpleasant, that the author took the series into such suddenly stark, depressing, brutal territory, but it was executed horribly and the characters' actions made no sense in the context of the rest of the series.

If they re-write the whole third book for the movie I won't complain.

You too, man, you can join the hate train for the third book.

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bobmus:
Ok, well this is a change I can agree with. The third book was horrendously paced, and suffered massively as a result of it. With a huge rewrite and some actual character work going on amidst the plot in a double movie, this could work out all for the better.

You too. I will never not shut up about a decent but otherwise forgettable series turned into the authors personal soapbox for her heavy handed anti-war sentiments. Especially not if she's going to do it with about as much subtlety as beating someone over the head with a brick.

 

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