Buffy’s Danny Strong to pen Hunger Games films

Fresh off winning two Emmys for writing and co-exec producing HBO’s “Game Change,” Danny Strong has been tapped to write the two-part “Hunger Games” finale “Mockingjay” for Lionsgate, sources tell Variety.

Studio had no comment. First pic is skedded for release on Nov. 21, 2014, while the second will open on Nov. 20, 2015.

Joss Whedon talks about The Hunger Games

Whedon has long been known for writing strong female characters, which he notes is still a rarity in Hollywood.

"I think they’ve been peripheral for a long time, and I think The Hunger Games is about to change that in a big way,” he told THR. “I really like it; it’s my kind of thing. And more important, I like what it’s doing, which is millions.”