'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay': Francis Lawrence to direct both movies

francis-lawrence-directing-mockingjay-gi.jpg Francis Lawrence will not be eliminated from the final "Hunger Games" movies.

Lawrence, who's currently working on "Catching Fire," has been tapped to direct both parts of "Mockingjay," which will close out the on-screen version of the story. The final movies will, however, have a different writer: Danny Strong ("Game Change") is adapting the final novel of Suzanne Collins' trilogy.

Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt wrote the script for "Catching Fire," and Collins, director Gary Ross and Billy Ray collaborated on the screenplay for "The Hunger Games."

"Mockingjay" follows Katniss ( Jennifer Lawrence) as she aids a rebel movement in an uprising against the Capitol, culminating in a showdown with President Snow ( Donald Sutherland). Though the book checks in at a relatively trim 400 pages -- compared to nearly 800 for the final "Harry Potter" novel and 900-plus for "Breaking Dawn" -- it's still being split into two films.

"Mockingjay Part 1" is scheduled for release in November 2014, and the conclusion will follow a year later. "Catching Fire," meanwhile, will hit theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

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