‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ hires award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong

The conclusion to the 'Hunger Games' will be spread over two movies, due in 2014 and 2015

Franchise finale The Hunger Games: Mockingay has hired a screenwriter.

According to Variety, the two-part conclusion to the Hunger Games series will be scripted by Danny Strong. Strong recently won an Emmy for his work on Game Change, a TV miniseries which starred Julianne Moore as Republican politician Sarah Palin.

Part one of Hunger Games: Mockingjay is scheduled for release in November 2014, with part two to follow in November 2015. In the meantime, the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, is due to hit cinemas in November 2013.

Catching Fire, which has a script by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Simon Beaufoy, began filming earlier this month (September 2012). Jennifer Lawrence is reprising her role as heroine Katniss, joined by returning castmates Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson. Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman recently joined the sequel in a key role as Head Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

The Hunger Games – the first movie in the four-part series – was released this March (2012) and grossed over $677m (£432m) worldwide. The films are based on a trilogy of bestselling novels by author Suzanne Collins.